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Fat guy had Snider dead as a pork rind

Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 5:16 am

And then there were two.

Five area teams remaining in the football playoffs dwindled down to just a pair after Friday's regional round, and both Bishop Luers and Snider sure made it interesting, didn't they?

The Pig admits, he had Snider dead to rights down by a pair of touchdowns with less than two minutes left. Who wouldn't have? The Panthers were running out of time and having trouble getting the ball downfield. But barely 15 minutes later, pandemonium reigned as Snider converted a two-point conversion to knock off Fishers, 36-35 in overtime.

The Pig loves it when he is wrong.

Snider (13-0) showed plenty of holes in its game on Friday. For the majority of regulation, the Panthers were out-played by Fishers (9-4) on both sides of the ball. Sophomore Maurice Cambpell carved up Snider's defense for 97 yards on the ground. It does not seem like much, but when coupled with the play of Conner Christiansen, Fishers kept Snider off-balance for most of the night.

But the senior-laden Panthers got big-time performances when they counted most.

How tough will it be to pick against Snider against Merrillville next week?

Speaking of picking games, The Pig chose Bishop Luers to knock off Tipton on Friday, but said that it would be closer than a lot of people think.

Chalk another one up for The Pig.

There is no doubt that Jaylon Smith is the best all-around player in the state this year, and it is not even close. Statistically, he is not up there at the top of the leader boards, but that means nothing other than the fact that teams are terrified to run anything on his side of the field.

With the Knights trailing midway through the fourth quarter to Tipton on Friday, Smith did what All-Americans do, lead their team to victory. Smith scored all three of Bishop Luers' touchdowns on Friday night, including two of them in the fourth quarter that put the Knights back out in front and sealed the game.

He even notched the two-point conversion that put Bishop Luers up 15-12 in the fourth quarter.

Smith is not a selfish kid like so many high-profile prep athletes are these days. He was not going to speak up and demand the football on offense when the Knights' offense was sputtering earlier this season and he was not getting touches. But Coach Steve Keefer saw that his elite senior was not being utilized fully. So Smith saw increased touches offensively when Keefer took over as head coach, and has continued to do so during this run to semi-state.

Can anyone honestly say Bishop Luers would still be alive in the playoffs if Smith was still being relegated to one side of the ball?

Rest up folks, semistate week looms.

OINK!

This column is the commentary of the writer and does not reflect the views or opinions of The News-Sentinel. Email The Pig at nssports@news-sentinel.com .