Toronto @ Catholic Central
Sunday, October 27, 2019
By Staff

Saturday's road team, the Toronto Red Knights are looking to continue what's looking like a run at the playoffs as they take on the Catholic Central Crusaders. The Red Knights are already in good shape, projected to finish 3rd in the Region 25 playoff standings. On the other hand, the Crusaders are projected to finish 12th in Region 25, which would not earn them a playoff berth. Toronto comes into the game as the favorite, projected to come away with a 23-22 victory. Toronto comes in as Division 7's 24th-ranked team. Catholic Central comes in ranked 27th in Division 7. As slight road favorites, the Red Knights come in hoping to edge out the Crusaders on their home field. Having matched up in 2018, there is a degree of familiarity between the two. Last season, the Crusaders beat the Red Knights 35-0.

Looking to build upon their 2-game winning streak, Toronto comes into the week at 7-2. After their 34-20 win against the Barnesville Shamrocks, they are confident in their ability to finish strong. The Red Knights have boasted one of Division 7's best offenses all season, averaging 30.8 points per game, which ranks 22nd. In their last 2 games, they've been even better, scoring 44.5 points per game. While their defense has given up more points than usual in recent weeks, they deserve every bit as much of the credit for this season's successes as the offense. Over the course of the season, they've given up an average of 15 points per game, which ranks 15th in their division.

Catholic Central will look to continue the momentum of their 2-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 17-12 win against the Madonna Blue Dons last week, bringing their record to 5-4. The Crusaders offense will look to continue to improve as they've scored an average of 27 points per game over their last 2 games, up from their season average of 19.7, which ranks 66th in Division 7. Defensively, they'll look to show more signs of improvement after giving up 9.5 points on average in their last 2 games, improved from a 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 9.5 points, an improvement over their 50th-ranked 24.1 points allowed per game on the year.

Prediction: Toronto to win (66.84% chance of victory) 

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