The Central Catholic Fighting Irish enter the second week of the playoffs against the Avon Lake Shoremen in a game they're projected to win by a score of 36-18. 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 Shoremen, one of the top teams in Division 2, come into the game ranked 14th. The Fighting Irish come in ranked 2nd. A new matchup on the schedule for each team, Saturday's game is a chance for each to test its skills and strategies against an unfamiliar opponent. Stylistically and schematically, past matchups are often used as a guiding tool. This week, however, each team will likely take time to adjust to an unfamiliar opponent, which should make for some added excitement.
Avon Lake is currently on a 2-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Saturday. Coming off of a 44-28 win against the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs, they are 10-1 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. The Shoremen offense has been one of the best in the division, especially in recent weeks. For the year, they rank 9th in Division 2 with 40.8 points per game. Over the last 2 weeks, they've scored an average of 40.8. On defense, they rank 26th in their division, giving up an average of 18.5 points per game.
Central Catholic will look to continue the momentum of their 11-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 35-0 win against the St. John's Jesuit Titans last week, bringing their record to 11-0. The Fighting Irish offense is the 6th-ranked offense in Division 2, scoring an average of 42.8 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. On defense, they've been just as strong. Allowing just 4.3 points per game over the course of the season, their defense ranks 1st in their division. Over the last 2 weeks, they've been even more proficient, giving up just 0 points per game.
Prediction: Central Catholic to win (99.92% chance of victory)