THE PIG’S PICKS: Week 7
SAC football, it’s FAN-tastic!
After five more blowouts last Friday, the area’s premier football conference continues to bore The Pig when it comes to competitive games.
For those scoring at home, out of 30 SAC games through six weeks, just two(!) have been decided by 10 points or less — Bishop Dwenger vs. Carroll in Week 5 (28-24) and Bishop Luers vs. Wayne in Week 2 (28-20).
Other than that, it’s been blowouts galore.
While most media folk will continue to hype up big-time SAC matchups coming up over the next three weeks, The Pig is simply hoping we have some games sometime soon that are actually decided in the final few minutes.
Come on SAC, show this swine something here in Week 7 that actually keeps him awake.
Last week: 15-3
CONCORDIA AT WAYNE. Both teams lost by identical 27-0 scores last week, although the Generals defense impressed against Snider. Concordia was able to limit the playmakers of Bishop Luers in a Week 4 victory, The Pig believes it can do so again. THE PIG SAYS CONCORDIA LUTHERAN BY 2.
BISHOP LUERS VS. BISHOP DWENGER. Woah, where did that Week 6 performance come from the Saints? Could Dwenger be hitting their stride just in time for the Battle of the Bishops? The Knights have gained some confidence with two straight wins, but The Pig likes the Saints here. THE PIG SAYS BISHOP DWENGER BY 3.
NORTH SIDE AT SOUTH SIDE. Maybe the only shot either of these teams have at a regular-season win. Not the setup we would like for the annual Totem Pole Game, but that’s reality. Mikale Stephenson has been impressive at quarterback since his insertion at the position. Archers have more playmakers, and that will be the difference. THE PIG SAYS SOUTH SIDE BY 5.
SNIDER AT NORTHROP. For reasons unknown, some still believe this matchup is a rivalry. Reality is the Panthers have won 19 straight in the series by an average of 33.5 points. The last Bruins victory came in the postseason in 1999. The streak won’t end this year. THE PIG SAYS SNIDER BY 32.
HOMESTEAD AT CARROLL. Many were ready to leave the Chargers for dead after an 0-2 start, but four straight victories have righted the ship, although three of the wins came against North, Northrop and South. The Chargers are playing better, but well enough to compete against Homestead? Meh. THE PIG SAYS HOMESTEAD BY 14.
EAST NOBLE AT COLUMBIA CITY. The Eagles got a big dose of reality last week in getting torched by New Haven, the best team in the NE8. It doesn’t get any easier this week. THE PIG SAYS EAST NOBLE BY 26.
LEO AT HUNTINGTON NORTH. The Pig has attempted to throw the Vikings a bone, picking them to win here and there this season, only to be let down with losses. Being a 5A school and sitting at 0-6 in the NE8 is embarrassing, no other word for it. THE PIG SAYS LEO BY 23.
NEW HAVEN AT BELLMONT. Along with Columbia City, Bellmont is fighting for the honor of being the best team outside of the NE8’s “Big Three”. New Haven has not allowed more then seven points in four of its six games this season. THE PIG SAYS NEW HAVEN BY 31.
NORWELL AT DEKALB. Since its first win in the Josh Gerber era in Week 2, Norwell has been outscored 145-20 in four losses. Should be more competitive this week, but the Barons win their second straight. THE PIG SAYS DEKALB BY 8.
ADAMS CENTRAL AT SOUTHERN WELLS. Take out the seven-point effort against Eastside and the Flying Jets are averaging 47 points per game. Southern Wells’ lone win came against a team (Fremont) that is winless and averages 4.3 points per contest. THE PIG SAYS ADAMS CENTRAL BY 34.
BLUFFTON AT HERITAGE. There may be no better performance out of a first-year coach in the area than Brent Kunkel. The Week 5 victory over Jay County stands out as one of the more impressive victories in any local conference. The Tigers are in good hands. THE PIG SAYS BLUFFTON BY 20.
JAY COUNTY AT SOUTH ADAMS. The youth of the Starfires was exposed last week at AC, with South Adams struggling with the size and physicality that the Flying Jets bring. A bounce-back game comes Friday. THE PIG SAYS SOUTH ADAMS BY 9.
WOODLAN AT LIMA CENTRAL CATHOLIC (OH). The first of three games to conclude the regular season that will challenge the Warriors, in addition to South Adams and Adams Central. LCC is 4-1 and has been a good opponent the last two years for Woodlan. THE PIG SAYS WOODLAN BY 7.
CHURUBUSCO AT CENTRAL NOBLE. The Cougars live and die by the run game, an aspect of football that the Eagles have absolutely shut down against good teams, particularly Garrett. Central Noble has a chance in this game, but needs a lot to go its way. THE PIG SAYS CHURUBUSCO BY 9.
EASTSIDE AT FREMONT. The Blazers looked horrid against Churubusco, yet one week later blanked Garrett. It’s tough to figure this team out. However, The Pig IS confident that this week won’t be a problem. THE PIG SAYS EASTSIDE BY 38.
FAIRFIELD AT GARRETT. Friday’s home finale against the Falcons is a winnable game for the Railroaders. That’s good, because the final two games of the year — at Angola and at Central Noble — will surely be tougher. THE PIG SAYS GARRETT BY 12.
LAKELAND AT WEST NOBLE. Remember when Lakeland was good? Those were good times…THE PIG SAYS WEST NOBLE BY 13.
PRAIRIE HEIGHTS AT ANGOLA. Upset of the year. No, decade. CENTURY. MILLENNIUM! THE PIG SAYS PRAIRIE HEIGHTS BY 1.