As we hiss our way to the middle of the season, things always seem to shake out. Some things change, and some stay the same. Teams like Dwenger in the SAC and Leo in the NE8 show us that. Year in and year out us media folks fall for the hype train, only to get shoved back to reality. We are starting to see who is who as we head into week five!
Norwell vs. New Haven: Norwell by 15
The Knights are the real deal. We thought New Haven was about to make a climb, but Leo changed that. If the Knights stick to that recipe and New Haven doesn’t adjust the defensive front it could be a flashback of last week’s game.
East Noble vs. Leo: Leo by 3
These are the games that determine conference champs. Did Leo figure it out last week? We will see. I think East Noble is trying to hide underwhelming QB play with the defense and the run. They will need to be able to move the ball in the air at some point. This will be a great game with conference implications on the line.
Columbia City vs. DeKalb: CC by 13
I am hesitant on going in so strong on the Eagles as every year the back half of the schedule is so tough for them. But they are winning big. Looking strong. And Dekalb must find defense fast in this one or it will be similar to the East Noble game.
Bellmont vs. Huntington North: Huntington North by 18
Although the Vikings defense was exposed last week, they can still run the ball tough between two backs. Bellmont is reeling after big losses week after week. The Vikings should roll here.
Scheme note for the week: Folks criticized Leo’s new Head Coach Jason Doerffler in the first couple of weeks. But like we said. Give him time. Once this offense is rolling, look out! And that comes in the form of a matchup of Leo vs. East Noble. An ex-SAC spread expert from Northrop vs a battle-tested new era motion spread coach in Luke Amstutz. You will not see more offensive formation and motion magic than what you will see over in Leo Friday night. And on the other side – second-half adjustments. These are two of the best coaches in the conference and this is THE game to watch this week. One caveat – Kam Zeisloft for the Lions. The Knights offense hasn’t had high-level passing games yet. Brazel has been more of a game manager so far. If the ball must be put in the air, look for Zeisloft to strike. Coach Z will disguise and leave Kamden play like a rover and use instinct. This Is another wonderful NE8 matchup!