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The Pig is torn between emotions.
On the one hoof, we are in the midst of the high school football postseason, this swine's mouth just salivates at the thought. On the other, we are already losing area teams to the attrition of the playoffs, leading to fewer and fewer games each week.
But the good thing is, as the weeks go on, the better the games will get. And we have some big ones on the docket this week. So let's get down to The Pig breaking 'em down, shall we?
Here are five things we will learn this weekend:
Both East Noble and Leo are averaging well into the mid-30s in points per contest entering the teams' showdown Friday in the Class 4A Sectional 19 semifinal at Leo. The Knights have seen an uptick in their attack with the return of running back Brandon Mable, who torched NorthWood last week for 269 yards rushing and five touchdowns.
Meanwhile, Leo is no slouch either in offensive firepower, with quarterback Jordan Hissong and running back Logan Leiter a formidable duo in terms of toting the rock.
With this game expected to be high scoring, the outcome could come down to turnovers and which team has more opportunities to put up points.
With a 6-3 regular-season record that includes a stomping of state-contender Bishop Dwenger, The Pig frowns on anyone still talking about Wayne as nothing more than a spoiler. The Generals are a legit squad who can field 11 guys on either side of the ball who can match up with anybody.
Two weeks ago the Panthers and Generals and battled in Week 9 of the regular season, with Snider earning a 28-13 victory in a game closer than the score would indicate.
Despite what the coaches say, there were some aspects of the game plan that were held back for this matchup Friday night. Whatever those are, The Pig still says this game comes down to turnovers. Wayne turned the ball over five times in the first matchup. To have a shot to knock off the Panthers, the Generals have to win the turnover battle.
Bluffton has not won more than one postseason game since 2004, yet The Pig feels like the Tigers have an opportunity to do just that on Friday night at home against Oak Hill.
Bluffton stumbled into the playoffs loser of three straight, but dropped 62 on Eastern in a victory last week. Playing at home against a decent but not exceptional Oak Hill team that also lost its final three regular-season contests, the Tigers could very well pull a surprise and earn a berth in the Class 2A Sectional 36 championship.
The key will be defense, with Oak Hill averaging close to 34 points a game. Can the Bluffton defense step up?
The Pig heard the collective sigh of relief coming from the south side of town last Friday as Bishop Luers earned its first victory of the season in the sectional opener against West Noble.
Now the competition takes a significant step up with the Knights going to Heritage. Tougher team for sure, but impossible to win? Not a chance.
Justyn Hart can tote the rock for the Patriots while Branson Dossen is, in The Pig's opinion, the best quarterback in the ACAC. If Bishop Luers can get penetration up front and limit the run game, the Knights have a chance to earn a second straight win.
The Redskins have had two weeks to bask in their SAC championship, dousing the Victory Bell in red paint. The question is, will the hangover spill into Friday's home matchup with Huntington North?
The Vikings are always big and play tough, hard-nosed football, but they cannot match up to North Side's speed and athleticism. Bounces and turnovers need to go Huntington North's way to keep this game competitive.
But it also could stay close if the Redskins are not ready to play or are looking ahead to the Wayne-Snider winner.
Huntington North could definitely win this game, but it will be less because of what the Vikings do and more because of what North Side does not do.