The Archbishop Alter Knights have their sights set on a state championship as they come into a state semifinal matchup in which they're projected to win 36-13 over the Norwalk Truckers. 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 Truckers, one of the top teams in Division 3, come into the game ranked 42nd. The Knights come 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 3-game winning streak, Norwalk comes into the week at 10-3. After their 20-17 win against the Sandusky Blue Streaks, they are confident in their ability to finish strong. The Truckers have boasted one of Division 3's best offenses all season, averaging 32.5 points per game, which ranks 17th. In their last 3 games, they've been even better, scoring 39.33 points per game. On defense, their last few weeks haven't even done justice to how good they've been all season. They've given up 22.71 points per game over their last 7, down from their average of 16.8, which ranks 21st in their division on the season.
For Archbishop Alter, Saturday is a chance to expand on a 12-game winning streak after their 21-7 win against the Wapakoneta Redskins brought their record to 12-1. In recent weeks, the Knights haven't been quite as explosive on offense but they remain the 19th-ranked offense in Division 3, scoring an average of 31.7 points per game. While their offense is solid, the defense deserves equal credit for the season's successes. Their 7.3 points allowed per game ranks 1st in the division and continues to get better week by week - in their last 2 games, they've given up just 3.5 points per game.
Prediction: Archbishop Alter to win (99.96% chance of victory)