The St. Thomas Aquinas Knights are looking to mount a deep playoff run, which they hope will end in a state championship, beginning with a game they're projected to win 30-10 over the Toronto Red Knights. The playoffs are an interesting time of year as 7 teams fulfill their most ambitious goal in winning a state championship while the other 217 playoff teams will end their season with a loss. This matchup is no different as the winner will continue their playoff run while the loser will end its 2019 season with a loss. St. Thomas Aquinas comes in as Division 7's 17th-ranked team. Toronto comes in ranked 23rd. A new matchup on the schedule for each team, Sunday's game is a chance for each to test its skills and strategies against an unfamiliar opponent. Usually, matchups from the previous year are used in developing a strategy for upcoming games. For these two, no such opportunity will be afforded.
Last week, St. Thomas Aquinas dropped a game 17-14 against the Canton South Wildcats. They'll look to get in the win column this week as they hope to finish out the season on a positive note. The Knights offense will look to continue to improve as they've scored an average of 32 points per game over their last 3 games, up from their season average of 27.8, which ranks 34th in Division 7. Their defense hasn't been much better throughout the course of the season, ranking 15th with an average of 15.9 points allowed per game. In recent weeks, they have improved, giving up an average of 8.5 points over their last 2 games.
Toronto will look to continue the momentum of their 3-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 13-6 win against the Catholic Central Crusaders last week, bringing their record to 8-2. The Red Knights offense hasn't been particularly great this season in terms of point production, a trend which continues into recent weeks. Over their last 2 games, they've scored an average of 23.5 points - this season they've averaged 29, which ranks 31st in Division 7. Defensively, they haven't been the strongest either in terms of points allowed. They give up 14.1 points per game, ranking 12th in their division.
Prediction: St. Thomas Aquinas to win (61.91% chance of victory)