The Central Catholic Fighting Irish are looking to mount a deep playoff run, which they hope will end in a state championship, continuing after last week's win with a game they're projected to win 41-16 over the St. John's Jesuit Titans. The playoffs are the best time of the year but also come with a great deal of drama as many powerhouses will even see their seasons cut short. Each week, it's do or die and, after this week is complete, half of the current playoff teams will be eliminated. The Titans rank 32nd in the division while the Fighting Irish rank 3rd. This is a chance for the Titans to avenge a loss from earlier on in the regular season, when the Fighting Irish beat them 31-26. We'll see if one team can take a 3-1 advantage over the last two years after two matchups last season were split, the Fighting Irish coming away with the victory by a score of 27-0. However, in the game that mattered most, the Fighting Irish came out on top 35-0.
St. John's Jesuit is currently on a 6-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Saturday. Coming off of a 42-34 win against the Westerville South Wildcats, they are 8-3 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. Scoring an average of 33.1 points per game on offense, the Titans rank 23rd in Division 2. They've been even more explosive in recent weeks, scoring an average of 44 over their last 2 games. Their defense ranks 57th in their division giving up an average of 25.9 points per game, but they've been improving with each game - over the last 6 weeks, they've allowed an average of 20.5 points.
For Central Catholic, Saturday is a chance to expand on a 11-game winning streak after their 20-10 win against the St. Francis de Sales Knights brought their record to 11-0. In recent weeks, the Fighting Irish haven't been quite as explosive on offense but they remain the 12th-ranked offense in Division 2, scoring an average of 37.3 points per game. On defense, their last few weeks haven't even done justice to how good they've been all season. They've given up 15.5 points per game over their last 2, down from their average of 9.3, which ranks 5th in their division on the season.