The Division 3 state championship matchup between the Archbishop Alter Knights and the Kenston Bombers looks to be at least moderately competitive. While the Knights come into the game projected to win by a score of 34-22, the Bombers have shown time and time again that they can overcome expectations and come out on top. 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 2018 season with a loss. Kenston comes in as Division 3's 6th-ranked team. Archbishop Alter comes in ranked 2nd. 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.
Looking to build upon their 5-game winning streak, Kenston comes into the week at 13-1. After their 40-7 win against the Eastmoor Academy Warriors, they are confident in their ability to finish strong. In recent weeks, the Bombers haven't been quite as successful producing points but they remain the 2nd-ranked offense in Division 3, scoring an average of 40.2 points per game. While their offense is solid, the defense deserves equal credit for the season's successes. Their 17.5 points allowed per game ranks 25th in the division and continues to get better week by week - in their last 2 games, they've given up just 7 points per game.
For Archbishop Alter, Friday is a chance to expand on a 13-game winning streak after their 34-13 win against the Norwalk Truckers brought their record to 13-1. In recent weeks, the Knights haven't been quite as explosive on offense but they remain the 17th-ranked offense in Division 3, scoring an average of 31.9 points per game. While recent games have affected averages negatively, their defense is one of the best as well. They rank 1st in their division, giving up an average of 7.7 points per game.
Prediction: Archbishop Alter to win (98.18% chance of victory)