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To be honest, all Friday's scrimmages did for The Pig was make him slobber even more for the real season to begin.
Yes, I know the coaches and players learned a lot on Friday night in controlled practices with other area teams, but for The Pig, it is all just a big tease.
So while teams break down film and put the finishing touches on position battles and game plans over the next six days, allow The Pig to look forward to Week 1 and beyond, with the five things he is anticipating the most this season…
Is anyone else growing tired of hearing, “But they graduated 37 seniors” when talking about Snider? Come on folks, this is not a team that had success over a few seasons leaning on a big class.
The Panthers have won nine or more games for 13 consecutive seasons. Over that time, Snider has had big classes graduate and the underclassmen stepped right in and continued winning. Coach Kurt Tippmann definitely has a wealth of inexperience, but it is talented inexperience, and the thing about talent is…whether it is young or old, it wins more often than it loses.
Settle in for a long and topsy-turvy season in the SAC, with no team clearly above everyone else entering the season. However, The Pig's early line in the conference is leaning toward Bishop Dwenger, which returns a wealth of experience at the skill positions, including quarterback and wide receiver.
Snider, Bishop Luers and North Side all have to replace key cogs on both sides of the ball, but the Saints have the majority of their key contributors back. That said, South Side, Wayne and Northrop are on the rise, with Concordia Lutheran trying to grow into a contender.
The Spartans have dominated the NHC in recent seasons, winning at least a share of the conference crown for six straight seasons. This year, their fellow future ex-NHC member Carroll has the best chance of knocking them off their perch.
Sure, Drue Tranquill is the stud for the Chargers, but brother Justin is just as explosive, Zak Edgar is scary good at tight end and senior quarterback Chandler Boggs can straight sling the football.
Coach Doug Dinan has improved the program's win total from five in 2009 to 10 in 2011. It could be time for Carroll's first NHC title.
Some players are likely glad Jaylon Smith is off to South Bend, and not just because they don't have to worry about him crushing them from his linebacker spot.
A new group of standouts will emerge in the coming weeks, not overshadowed by one of the best high school players to ever play in the area in Smith.
You don't even have to leave Smith's former team to see one of the next studs. Sophomore Austin Mack is a star in the making at both wide receiver and safety. The underclassman already has a solid body for his age at 6-foot-1, 198 pounds.
Bishop Dwenger has Marcus Stepp, a junior split end/defensive end who should turn heads on both sides this fall.
Every team has players who are going to open eyes, The Pig cannot wait to watch them come of age over the next few months.
Three area teams, Homestead, Northrop and Carroll, find themselves in Class 6A in the first year for the six-class system. The format has its flaws, but it will be interesting to see how it plays out, not just in Class 6A but also how it affects 5A and clears the way for some new matchups deep in the postseason in that class as well.
The Pig isn't against change, as long as it is for the better. The jury is still out in The Pig's mind regarding Class 6A.