Football is finally here!! With that being said....
I don't see a South Bend School going .500 this year...
Adams- Ira was their entire offense last year. I really didn't see anyone that will fill his shoes in the passing game. Their Defense is suspect. 2-3? different D-Coordinator changes last year? They wont be able to compete with the likes of Elkhart and potentially 2-3 through the first 5 games. Riley wont be any competition for them this year and St. Joe could be their second win. Jones is going to have to do something he isn't use to doing and that's running the ball.
Riley- Old Marian JV coach at the helm now. Nothing exciting coming from last years younger kids. They still have a Luuga and Lee. I don't see them winning more then 3 games. Maybe Washington, Bremen...Clay could potentially beat them this year. I see them reaching deep in to Reggie Glon's old playbook and trying to run the rock. Hopefully they have more wins then the coach's Podcast does listeners.
Washington- loosing 22 seniors is going to hurt. Will see how this coach can develop players. It wont be as easy as getting handed a deep senior class. Will he use his inside edge and pull a few kids from Jefferson away from Jones/Adam's. Time will tell. Week1 determine if how their season will go playing a weak Hammond Team. Elkhart week 5? Who scheduled that match-up😨. Being one dimensional is going to cause them a bit of trouble.
Jimtown- Solid team with a new coach at the helm. QB is suppose to be a player. They might cause some trouble for the South Teams. Jimtown has a good shot at winning the South Crown.
Bremen- believe their QB is a Junior. He didn't look too bad last year. They're losing a solid TE who played both ways. Bremen won't be much of a threat this year but will find some success against the South Bend Schools. 3-4 win season.
Glenn- losing 15 seniors. They lose a solid DT and a SS. QB is a junior and a two year starter. Is this the year he puts it all together? Can the Tri-County school cause some fits for Jimtown...St. Joe? Glenn soars past Washington, Clay and Riley. Heard Glenn's freshmen JV team beat Riley's 56-0? last year. Glenn could be a big surprise. Time will tell.
St. Joe- a few question marks here. Whose going to fill in for their RB. Are they going to run 3x1 and flare the rb to the trips side for 25 plays? We will see how creative the playbook has gotten with all this time off. .500 team.
NP- Radke's gone...Will they continue with their one dimensional offense or start utilizing some more pass plays. They won't be able to compete with Elkhart and PENN if they continue with the heavy run game.
Marian- They won't have the success in the regular season as they did last year. Key loses Penn, Elkhart, Lima Central and NP. They should have no issues with Bremen but Whiting is a toss up. They have a solid RB in #25 and the QB isn't too shabby. Their offensive line is questionable for the North conference. We will see if they pulled any talent from the surrounding area.
PENN- Did the pandemic help PENN in keeping some players from sneaking over to Edwardsburg? If Laporte is unable to play week 2. Penn could open up 0-3 again...Valpo, Cathedral and St. Xavier. Three tough match ups for a big school who lacks talent in the skill positions.
Elkhart- Will this be the bigger and better Penn of the 90's? Talent at all the skill positions with decent size. This could be the team to finally put the North on the map down South. They could vary easily go undefeated into the sectionals. Again, South Bend Washington 3A with 700 students. Hopefully Elkhart puts in their JV team. No offense to Washington.