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Pig column: The Pig can 'pick em'

As the seconds tick off the clock, Garrett's Danny Stankovic and James Benson begin to celebrate the 20-6 victory over Leo on Friday night at Garrett. (Photo by Ellie Bogue of The News-Sentinel)
As the seconds tick off the clock, Garrett's Danny Stankovic and James Benson begin to celebrate the 20-6 victory over Leo on Friday night at Garrett. (Photo by Ellie Bogue of The News-Sentinel)
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He picked Garrett over Leo and East Noble over New Haven

Saturday, October 06, 2012 01:55 am
The Pig has his detractors, he has his haters. Why, he even has a fan or two (thanks, Mom). But hate him or love him, you have to appreciate his knowledge of high school football.

That's right, The Pig was the one who predicted that Leo's 26-game ACAC winning streak would end against Garrett on Friday.

He even predicted that the overhyped “Battle of the Unbeatens” in the NHC between New Haven and Homestead next week would not come to fruition. The Pig was correct again as East Noble dominated the Bulldogs on Friday.

But first things first, let's look at the end of an era for Leo. For years, the Lions have steamrolled through opponent after opponent in the league. Fans wanted to see them move to another league, wanted to see the “big-school” Leo move out of the “small-school” ACAC.

But Garrett solved the riddle Friday night. The Railroaders took advantage of a sloppy field and loaded up the line with defenders. They didn't just slow down the Lions' running game, they completely eliminated it, forcing Leo quarterback Sam Waters to the air, where he was less than effective.

How do you beat good teams? You limit mistakes and take advantage of your opponents' errors. That is what Garrett did. Leo turned the ball over five times, the first two in Railroaders territory that were converted into touchdowns.

Kyle Lanning put the nail in the coffin with a 71-yard interception return for a touchdown a few plays after watching a potential pick slip through his hands.

Leo did not look like the ACAC king that it has been over the last few years. Is there a power shift on the horizon? Stay tuned.

In other Week 8 nuggets:

- Hey, how about them Knights! The Pig was worried a bit that the slop Friday night would slow down East Noble's offense, and while it did, it limited the New Haven offense a bit more.

There is no doubt that East Noble has looked impressive the last few weeks in a blowout victory over Columbia City and now a victory over previously unbeaten New Haven. Who's to say the Knights cannot make some noise in the playoffs?

- Between Bishop Luers' off-the-field struggles and Bishop Dwenger's on-field woes, it has been a tough regular season for the Catholic schools in the SAC. Both suffered embarrassing defeats Friday night. While The Pig sees brighter days in the months ahead for one program, he sees a quick postseason exit for the other. If you cannot figure out which is which, well, you just need to listen to The Pig some more.

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