In the second playoff matchup of the year for the Newark Catholic Green Wave, they are projected to come away with a 26-18 win over the Shadyside Tigers. However, it should be one of the more hotly contested matchups of the round and all statistical predictions could easily go out the window. 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 Tigers rank 10th in the division while the Green Wave rank 15th. A new game on the schedule for both teams, it should shape out as an unpredictable affair. Strategically, this might lead to complications that could throw off the gameplan of either team.
Shadyside is currently on a 3-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Sunday. Coming off of a 63-8 win against the Symmes Valley Vikings, they are 8-3 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. Scoring an average of 33.3 points per game on offense, the Tigers rank 13th in Division 7. They've been even more explosive in recent weeks, scoring an average of 56 over their last 2 games. While their offense is solid, the defense deserves equal credit for the season's successes. Their 12 points allowed per game ranks 7th in the division and continues to get better week by week - in their last 7 games, they've given up just 8.29 points per game.
For Newark Catholic, Sunday is a chance to expand on a 3-game winning streak after their 35-7 win against the Eastern Eagles brought their record to 8-3. While the Green Wave offense has not been particularly great, ranked 27th in Division 7 with 28.7 points per game, they have improved in recent weeks, averaging 37 points over their last 3 contests. Their defense hasn't been much better throughout the course of the season, ranking 22nd with an average of 18.1 points allowed per game. In recent weeks, they have improved, giving up an average of 10.5 points over their last 2 games.
Prediction: Newark Catholic to win (56.54% chance of victory)