By David Fong
MIAMI COUNTY — It’s time to find a new king.
For many years, the Troy Daily News has asked Miami County coaches to predict a Super Bowl winner. For the past decade, former Tippecanoe coach Charlie Burgbacher has dominated the rest of his coaching brethren, posting the most accurate predictions of any coach in the county.
Now that Burgbacher has retired as the head coach at Tippecanoe — and is now the defensive coordinator for his son, Matt, at Troy High School — he no longer is eligible to participate in the yearly predictions. The field is now open to the rest of Miami County’s coaches.
Here’s a look at who the local experts are predicting to win the Super Bowl 50 match-up between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos:
Matt Burbacher (Troy)
“I want to see Peyton Manning win, because I think this is his last year. I’ve never been a Colts fan or a Broncos fan, but I’ve always been a Peyton Manning fan. I also love the way Cam Newton plays, but I think he’s going to get more chances. I think this is going to be Manning’s last chance, so I’m going to go with the Broncos.”
Bill Nees (Piqua)
“You have the Panthers, who could win because they have a multi-dimensional offense and it will be hard for the Denver defense to contain all of the Panthers’ weapons. Or you have the Broncos, whose defense has the ability to attack an offense with a variety of blitz packages and coverages. Let’s go with … the Broncos.”
Joel Derge (Tippecanoe)
“Even though Vegas and everyone is predicting the Panthers to win by five in a low scoring game, I like the experience of Denver at some positions to outweigh the Panthers. Another great factor that Denver has is their defensive pass rush that got to Tom Brady a bunch in the AFC game. They’ll have a tougher task with the athletic ability of Cam Newton, but I like them to fluster him in his first-ever Super Bowl Game. Denver 24-21.”
Max Current (Miami East)
“All of the teams I wanted to be in the Super Bowl got axed. But I’m rooting for Denver. I like Denver. If they play defense like they did against the Patriots, they are going to be tough. They hit (Tom) Brady more times than any quarterback has been hit all year. They’ve got a great defense.”
Mark Lane (Milton-Union)
“It’s hard to go against Peyton Manning, but I think Carolina has it rolling. Denver has an exciting pass rush. If Carolina can slow their rush, they will win the game. Carolina has too many (former) Buckeyes to stop.”
Dave Miller (recently of Covington)
“My heart says Denver, but my head says Carolina. Both teams play great defense, but Cam Newton is playing really well. I think Carolina is just a little more explosive.”
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