In a week 7 matchup with major playoff implications, the Whitmer Panthers go on the road to face off against the Central Catholic Fighting Irish. The Panthers enter the game projected to finish 2nd in Region 2 at 9-1. The Fighting Irish come in projected to finish 1st in Region 7 at 10-0 The Fighting Irish come into the game as 5-point favorites and expect to take home the victory and ultimately complete their pursuit of the postseason. This matchup pits two of the state's best teams against one another. The Panthers come into the game ranked 18th in the state while the Fighting Irish head into Friday ranked 7th. This looks to be a close and exciting game, which will be fun at least for the team that comes out on top. One of the more familiar matchups of week 7, both teams know what to expect. Central Catholic will hope to continue the recent trend, in which they've won 4 of the last 5 matchups. In 2018's matchup, the Fighting Irish came away with a 21-0 victory.
Looking to build upon their 6-game winning streak, Whitmer comes into the week at 6-0. After their 31-0 win against the Lima Senior Spartans, they are confident in their ability to finish strong. Thus far, they've been one of the best teams in their division on both sides of the ball. Their 38.7 points per game ranks 5th in Division 1 while their 15.5 points allowed per game ranks 17th.
Central Catholic will look to continue the momentum of their 6-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 60-7 win against the Clay Eagles last week, bringing their record to 6-0. The Fighting Irish are one of the best teams in Division 2 on both sides of the ball. Their offense, ranked 10th in the division, scores 39.3 points per game. The Fighting Irish defense ranks 6th, giving up 8.5.
Prediction: Central Catholic to win (97.65% chance of victory)