THE PIGSKIN PROPHET: The Pig’s Picks, Week 12
Much like The Pig entering an eatery, November has arrived with plenty of momentum.
With all due respect to August, September and October, the month of Thanksgiving and meaningful football is The Pigskin Prophet’s favorite time of the year.
When else during the year can you combine gorging yourself on both food AND football?
Ah, what a month…
Which teams will be enjoying November as much as The Pig after Friday?
LAST WEEK: 11-2
CARROLL VS. SNIDER: It seems like a long time ago since late August when we were all picking up our jaws off the floor after Snider demolished Carroll 69-7 in Week 2.
The positive slant for the Chargers is that the team has lost only once since that game.
Unfortunately, the rematch isn’t shaping up to be much more competitive. Snider’s shutout of Jiya Wright and Homestead last week was the most eye-popping performance of the season. Nothing comes close.
Carroll will likely be better on defense than it was last time against the Panthers, but Snider is just too good on both sides of the ball for this to be a game for more than a quarter and a half. THE PIG SAYS SNIDER BY 28.
ANGOLA AT CULVER ACADEMIES: It has been a quarter of a century since the Hornets were sectional champions.
Could the drought end on Friday?
It won’t be easy. Culver swatted aside previously-undefeated Northridge to open the postseason before knocking off East Noble last week in Kendallville.
Here is what The Pig knows — Angola continues to defy the odds. The Hornets were dead to rights midway through the fourth quarter last week against NorthWood, trailing 21-7. Two touchdowns, an overtime score and a fumble recovery later, Angola was moving on another week.
The Pig feels Culver is the better team here, but refuses to pick against the squad he has been staunchly supporting since the start of the season. Right, Angola fans? THE PIG SAYS ANGOLA BY 2.
WAYNE VS BISHOP DWENGER: So many questions.
Will Wayne have its full complement of players?
Who gets the majority of snaps at quarterback for the Saints?
Do people truly appreciate what Saint Francis is doing in allowing prep games to be played there?
The answer to the first question is no, and that’s all The Pig will say about that for the time being.
As for the second question, the time-share between Eddie Morris and Patrick O’Keefe has been an interesting story to watch, but The Pig feels the Saints will need one of them to emerge if the team is to reach Indy.
Wayne fell flat Week 1 against Bishop Dwenger, with penalties and miscues costing them in a 27-12 defeat. The rematch could be closer, but the Saints still prevail. THE PIG SAYS BISHOP DWENGER BY 8.
CONCORDIA AT BISHOP LUERS:
Jordan Presley: 5 carries, 14 yards.
Tyreeon Hambright: 5 carries, 4 yards.
Those were the stat lines for the Knights’ two most dynamic offensive players against Concordia in Week 4, a 28-7 Cadets victory.
Bishop Luers must be better the second time around. It starts up front. The Knights offensive line must win more battles in the trenches against Trey Freeman and company to open up holes for Presley and Hambright.
Yes, the Concordia offense is not as dynamic as it was earlier in the season, but three touchdowns is probably enough to win this game for either team.
Which squad reaches 20 points first?
The Pig has been going back and forth on this game all week long. This feels like a true toss up. THE PIG SAYS BISHOP LUERS BY 1.
CENTRAL NOBLE AT WOODLAN: For The Pig, the next two weeks are all about finding that sweet spot for the Warriors in preparation for that inevitable matchup with Eastbrook in semistate.
Sure, Central Noble COULD beat Woodlan if the Warriors are looking ahead like The Pig, but it’s not likely.
Jack Rhoades will have another big night, and Woodlan will win its second sectional in the last three years. THE PIG SAYS WOODLAN BY 20.
SOUTHWOOD AT ADAMS CENTRAL: How do you slow down a quarterback who has thrown 51 touchdowns and just two interceptions?
Well, the Flying Jets are no strangers to Mr. Carson Blair.
In regional play a year ago, Blair was “limited” to 192 passing yards as Adams Central took down the Knights 23-7 on the road.
With the way the Flying Jets are playing, it is tough for The Pig to believe this team won’t again come up with a game plan to slow down Blair. THE PIG SAYS ADAMS CENTRAL BY 4.