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Prep football: 5 things we will learn Friday

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South, Wayne need short memories after last week

Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 12:01 am

Don't look now folks, but we are two-thirds of the way through the regular season. Over the next few weeks, conference champions will be crowned, and teams will gain momentum for sectionals or limp into the playoffs.

But let us not get too far ahead of ourselves, as The Pig is all about breaking down Week 7 and what we will find out Friday.

Five Things We Will Learn this weekend:

1. Can New Haven wrap up the NHC title?

Amazingly, the Bulldogs have never been crowned NHC champions in football.

That could change Friday night if New Haven can beat Bellmont on the road and Carroll can knock off Homestead. A combination of those two will give the Bulldogs a two-game lead in the NHC with two weeks remaining, ensuring New Haven of at least a share of the championship as the league does not have tiebreakers.

There is no doubt that coach Jim Rowland's team has been the most consistent in the NHC, with some considering the Bulldogs the cream of the crop in the area. A league title will only cement that belief, particularly if it comes in Week 7.

2. Will Snider rebound?

Many will point to last week's defeat to North Side as a reason the Panthers need to bounce back, but you can go back as far as a month and see that Snider is stuck in a rut.

Week 3 saw the Panthers edge Northrop by seven, followed up by a blowout 38-point loss to Penn and a one-point victory over Concordia Lutheran. Add the loss to the Redskins, that is four straight weeks of underwhelming performances out of Snider.

Maybe what we are seeing is what Snider is this year, a solid team overall but hardly a state title contender. But The Pig thinks there is more to the Panthers than what we have seen over the past month.

A win at a competitive Elkhart Central on Friday could give Snider the confidence it needs as postseason play looms.

3. Can Woodlan give Leo a game?

Most people were pointing to the Week 8 game with Garrett as the lone threat for Leo in the ACAC this season, but with Woodlan surging and the Railroaders struggling, this Friday's game looks like the better matchup.

There is no doubt in The Pig's mind that Woodlan will have to match Leo score for score, as this will not be a defensive struggle.

Both teams are capable of putting up big points, but this will be the toughest defense the Warriors have faced all season.

Here is hoping for an ACAC game involving Leo that is close in the second half.

4. Which team puts last week behind them – South Side or Wayne?

Both the Archers and Generals had memorable Fridays last week, for entirely different reasons.

While South Side was getting involved in a melee with Indianapolis Tech, Wayne was notching its biggest win in years with a rout of Bishop Dwenger.

The key this week is which team can move on from last week and focus on Week 7. It will be tough for South Side, which will be without head coach Eddie Fields.

Meanwhile, Robert Brown has surely coached against a letdown this week, much like Bishop Dwenger experienced against Wayne a week ago after beating Cincinnati LaSalle in Week 5.

Short memories will be key in this match-up.

5. Will Churubusco turn some heads?

It is tough for The Pig to really get excited about Churubusco in the regular season. The Eagles go out, basically dominate the NECC with the exception of an occasional loss to Fairfield, and then go into sectionals with many not knowing exactly how good Churubusco is.

The addition of Culver Academy in 2010 has not only helped the strength of schedule, but given everyone a good barometer for the Eagles.

Churubusco is 2-1 against Culver over the last three seasons. This year, Culver handed Class 2A No. 2 Lafayette Central Catholic its only loss so far this season, a 14-7 shocker in Week 4.

One thing is for sure, we will know a lot more about Churubusco after Friday.