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My legions of fans out there know that The Pig is passionate about football.
Sometimes, the passion comes out a little too much. That was the case over the last few weeks in a couple of instances, and The Pig would like to tell all those who felt he was being unfair here and there to think of it as The Pig loving the sport and wanting to see the best out of all teams and players. Now, let's look at what should make headlines this weekend.
Five things we'll learn this weekend:
People like to make the general observation that the Lions have dominated the ACAC for multiple seasons. That observation would be wrong, as Leo fell to Woodlan a year ago and beat Heritage and Woodlan by a combined eight points.
But this year, there is no doubt that, so far, Leo has made mincemeat of its league competition. Over their first two conference games against Adams Central and South Adams, the Lions have scored 77 points to the opponents' 12.
Heritage has a much better shot at putting up points than either the Flying Jets or Starfires did against Leo, but can they stop coach Jared Sauder's offense from scoring too much?
Time will tell. The Pig thought Garrett had the best chance at knocking off the Lions in the ACAC, but perhaps it is Heritage.
We could go into the past and dig up the dubious records, the last time the Knights lost five straight, the last 0-5 start, etc. But that does nothing for this year's team and coach Kyle Lindsay.
The Pig was a bit harsh on Bishop Luers in his Saturday column, but it was as much frustration with the Knights as it was actual criticism. It is frustrating to see so much talent go winless so far this year. Whoever is to blame – and don't worry, The Pig has been told all week whose fault it is, from coaches to players to "Grand Theft Auto V" (seriously) – the fact is that the Knights deserve better, both players and coaches.
This week could be the turning point against Concordia Lutheran. But the Cadets at 2-3 are no slouches, with losses to North Side by seven points and to Snider by one.
Another program that was in The Pig's crosshairs last week, the Chargers hope they used some of The Pig's outspokenness as motivation to turn around a modest two-game losing skid.
There is no shame in losing to New Haven, but to follow it up with a loss to East Noble, which wasn't even as close as the 27-7 score indicated, has raised some eyebrows.
A final four games in which Carroll should be favored in all of them should bode well for the Chargers, who should get back into the win column Friday against Bellmont.
Remember when The Pig said several weeks ago that the SAC power rankings read Snider, a long drop, then Bishop Dwenger? Well, switch those two around.
The Saints are in the position of power atop the SAC right now, but Snider is also 4-0 heading into Friday's game against North Side. The Redskins are the only other team above .500 right now in the SAC, with a loss to Bishop Dwenger as well as close defeats to Delta and Mishawaka.
This match-up has been big over the last few years, and Friday should be no different.
North Side quarterback Michael Lovett is the key for both teams. If the junior can protect the football and go for 350-plus total yards, the Redskins win. Contain him and Snider earns the victory.
Remember when Sherwood Haydock took over the Warriors program? It was expected that Woodlan would begin to compete in the ACAC immediately.
The state of the program forced a few more years onto the rebuilding job, but Haydock has the Warriors at 3-2 and entering Friday's home game with Garrett looking for their first three-game winning streak in five years.
It will be tough, with the Railroaders winning the last six in the series.