One of the most highly anticipated matchups of the second round comes between the St. Xavier Bombers and the Elder Panthers, the Bombers projected to win by a score of 30-23. It's do or die for each team as always in the postseason. Regardless of the outcome, each team can take comfort in the fact that they had a successful enough season to get here, but only one team will be satisfied with the result as the other's season will end on a loss. Elder comes in as Division 1's 9th-ranked team. St. Xavier comes in ranked 7th. It's a chance for the Bombers to get revenge as, in their regular season matchup, the Panthers won by a score of 31-28. They also played in 2018, a matchup in which the defeated the Bombers by a score of 51-26.
Elder is 9-2 after their 42-17 win against the Lakota West Firebirds last week. This week, they look to build on that victory on the way to what they hope will be a strong finish to the season. The Panthers rank 2nd in Division 1 on offense, scoring an average of 38.7. However, over the last 3 weeks, their average is down to 32.67 points per game. Their defense gives up an average of 25 points per game, which ranks 45th in their division - in their last 7 games, they've improved, giving up an average of 20.29 points.
St. Xavier is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 3-game winning streak, including last week's 48-20 win against the Mason Comets. That brings their record to 9-2 as they look to add another notch to the win column. Scoring an average of 31.5 points per game on offense, the Bombers rank 18th in Division 1. They've been even more dominant in recent weeks, scoring an average of 41.5 over their last 2 games. On defense, they've been just as strong. Allowing just 17.7 points per game over the course of the season, their defense ranks 21st in their division. Over the last 3 weeks, they've been even more proficient, giving up just 12.33 points per game.