St. Francis de Sales @ Central Catholic
Sunday, November 3, 2019
By Staff

In the playoffs, anything can happen. At least that's what the St. Francis de Sales Knights are hoping as they come into Saturday as 35-point underdogs against the Central Catholic Fighting Irish. It's do or die for each team as always in the postseason. Regardless of the outcome, each team can take comfort in the fact that they had a successful enough season to get here, but only one team will be satisfied with the result as the other's season will end on a loss. The Knights, one of the top teams in Division 2, come into the game ranked 57th. The Fighting Irish come in ranked 3rd. This is a chance for the Knights to avenge a loss from earlier on in the regular season, when the Fighting Irish beat them 20-0. They also played last season, a matchup in which the Fighting Irish got the better of the Knights, winning by a score of 49-0.

St. Francis de Sales comes into the game on a 2-game losing streak, which they hope to put to an end on Saturday. Their 35-18 loss against the Whitmer Panthers last week brings their record to 6-4. The 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 9 points - this season they've averaged 23.9, which ranks 51st in Division 2. Defensively, they haven't been the strongest either in terms of points allowed. They give up 15.5 points per game, ranking 16th in their division.

For Central Catholic, Saturday is a chance to expand on a 10-game winning streak after their 42-21 win against the Findlay Trojans brought their record to 10-0. The Fighting Irish offense is the 11th-ranked offense in Division 2, scoring an average of 39 points per game over the course of the season. In their last 2 games, however, they haven't been quite as explosive as they've averaged 31 points per game. While recent games have affected averages negatively, their defense is one of the best as well. They rank 6th in their division, giving up an average of 9.2 points per game.

Prediction: Central Catholic to win (99.99% chance of victory) 

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