The first round is often the part of the playoffs where we find out who truly deserves to be there, chasing after a state title. This week, the St. John's Jesuit Titans will have to prove they belong here, coming in as 28-point underdogs against the Central Catholic Fighting Irish. 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, one of the top teams in Division 2, come into the game ranked 39th. The Fighting Irish come in ranked 2nd. It's a chance for the Titans to get revenge as, in their regular season matchup, the Fighting Irish won by a score of 27-0. They also played last season, a matchup in which the Titans got the better of the Fighting Irish, winning by a score of 13-6.
Last week, St. John's Jesuit dropped a game 27-0 against the Central Catholic Fighting Irish. They'll look to get in the win column this week as they hope to finish out the season on a positive note. The Titans 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 24.5 points - this season they've averaged 32, which ranks 36th in Division 2. Defensively, giving up 21.7 points per game, they rank 39th in the division.
Central Catholic will look to continue the momentum of their 10-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 27-0 win against the St. John's Jesuit Titans last week, bringing their record to 10-0. In recent weeks, the Fighting Irish haven't been quite as explosive on offense but they remain the 6th-ranked offense in Division 2, scoring an average of 43.6 points per game. On defense, they've been just as strong. Allowing just 4.7 points per game over the course of the season, their defense ranks 1st in their division. Over the last 5 weeks, they've been even more proficient, giving up just 1.2 points per game.
Prediction: Central Catholic to win (99.99% chance of victory)