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  1. Blitz remembers that Whiting-Woodlan game in 2015. One of the most memorable games he has ever been to. Snow, ice, cold as hell. The backdrop at Whiting is amazing with the lake and the trains going by. Remember parking and wondering what that sound was. Parked right up against the lake. Would have been able to see the Chicago skyline if it wasn't snowy. Incredible setting and a very good game.
  2. My take on the situation: https://outsidethehuddle.net/2022/05/18/blitz-the-hypocrisy-is-real-when-it-comes-to-prep-coaches-heading-elsewhere/ Thrilled for Jason and his family. Great opportunity. Key for Leo is starting to think like East Noble. Coach Amstutz does not think about league titles, he dreams bigger. The conference crowns come with the deep postseason runs. Coach Sauder did a tremendous job in constructing a program, from the youth up, that is almost automatic for 8-10 wins a year. How does Leo take that next step and win a sectional for the first time since 2011? How does it become a consistent 4A threat in the north? That is the new regime's job.
  3. Coaches Tippmann and Curtis have confirmed with me Snider and Warsaw will play. 2025 Week 1 at Snider (Spuller) and 2026 Week 1 @ Warsaw.
  4. Series begins in 2025. Home and home. Have adjusted the list.
  5. https://outsidethehuddle.net/list-of-future-sac-non-conference-opponents/ I have put together a page on Outside the Huddle that has the confirmed non-conference matchups for SAC schools. I will update as I receive new info or see social media posts from official team/school accounts.
  6. Blitz feels as someone who co-runs a website that has averaged over 1.2 million page views annually over the last three years, he must a) point that out to make sure everyone knows and b) tell you all Blitz will still be here. Carry on.
  7. Ben Davis and Chesterton have reached out to play Concordia but the Cadets want to add games that are relatively more winnable. Better?
  8. A news dump this morning as we await this storm... - East Noble and Bishop Luers will play in 2023. One-year deal. - Bishop Dwenger's two games in 2023 will be against Brownsburg and Cincinnati Moeller. - Homestead will play Carmel and Noblesville. Both long-term deals. - Wayne is having trouble finding opponents. - Concordia wants to find two relatively winnable games, but Ben Davis and Chesterton want a piece of the Cadets. - There is some discussion on a SUPER showcase over two Saturdays between FW and Indy. Perhaps one Sat at LOS and the other Sat at another locale. Five games each day. Logistically a lot to figure out with that, so we will see if that comes to fruition.
  9. Blitz is hearing rumblings about a potential SAC v. Indy day at LOS to kick off 2023 season. Stay tuned...
  10. Also hearing Heritage and South Side, Concordia and Eastbrook. Wayne is reaching out to AC and SA.
  11. Blitz is hearing some things re: matchups. Look for Northrop to lock in Goshen and New Haven. Carroll is going big. Like BIG. Center Grove, Warren, HSE and Merrillville all on the table. Perhaps even Fishers. Obviously only two per year but the Chargers want to take advantage of the opportunity to schedule up.
  12. Blitz thinks there is a lazy belief (of which this bear falls into sometimes) that a team from an equal or larger class automatically helps a team prepare for the playoffs. It's easy to say "Oh 6A Team A is gonna help get ready for the postseason." It's deeper than that in a lot of instances. Maybe a particular scheme needs to be seen to prep for the same challenge in the sectional. Perhaps your offensive line needs to see more in the way of physicality. Perhaps your kids play soft and need a punch in the gut so to speak from a program that is tough. A lot of times higher class = bigger challenge. But that's not 100%
  13. Coaches are masters of preparation. To prepare for Westfield, for example, who do you think Homestead is better off playing in the regular season, Coldwater or Westfield? Like Blitz said earlier. This new format was not made to appease fans who want to see out-of-state matchups. It was to give SAC teams the ability to play in-state teams that will better prepare them for the postseason. You will only see inter-state matchups if a team was not able to find a suitable opponent in Indiana.
  14. Also remember that during the time between Elmhurst/Harding out and Carroll/Homestead in, each team in the SAC had 2 non-conference openings but they were spread all over the schedule. One team it was Week 2 and 6. Another it was Weeks 4 and 5. Point being, with the new format having the non-conference weeks being the first two of the season, it makes it a lot easier to schedule Indiana opponents. While some of those Toledo Whitmer, Cincinnati LaSalle games were exciting to look at on the schedule, they basically came about because of the inability to find anyone in the state to play.
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