The Archbishop Alter Knights 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 36-12 over the Badin Rams. 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 Rams rank 36th in the division while the Knights rank 3rd. This is a chance for the Rams to avenge a loss from earlier on in the regular season, when the Knights beat them 17-7. They also played last season, a matchup in which the Knights got the better of the Rams, winning by a score of 35-0.
Looking to build upon their 3-game winning streak, Badin comes into the week at 8-3. After their 33-22 win against the Butler Aviators, they are confident in their ability to finish strong. While the Rams haven't been the most high-powered offense throughout the season, they have been improving week to week. In the last 2 weeks, they've averaged 40.5, up from their season average of 28.5, which ranks 34th in Division 3. On defense, they'll also be looking for improvement, which they have shown signs of in recent weeks. Over their last 2 games, they've allowed an average of 14 points, an improvement over their 38th-ranked season average of 19.3.
Archbishop Alter is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 10-game winning streak, including last week's 14-12 win against the Mount Healthy Owls. That brings their record to 10-1 as they look to add another notch to the win column. The Knights offense is the 13th-ranked offense in Division 3, scoring an average of 34.4 points per game over the course of the season. In their last 2 games, however, they haven't been quite as explosive as they've averaged 24.5 points per game. While their offense is solid, the defense deserves equal credit for the season's successes. Their 8 points allowed per game ranks 1st in the division and continues to get better week by week - in their last 6 games, they've given up just 4.83 points per game.
Prediction: Archbishop Alter to win (99.90% chance of victory)