The Lake Catholic Cougars come into Saturday projected to finish the season 5-5 at 12th in Region 13. They host the Hoban Knights, who are currently expected to make the playoffs at 3rd in Region 5. Hoban have the edge on paper, entering the game as a 13-point favorite. However, the battle for a postseason bid can only be decided on the field. This week's matchup features two of the top 25 teams in their respective divisions. The Knights rank 1st in Division 2 while the Cougars rank 13th in Division 4. The Cougars will go into Saturday looking to prove that, contrary to statistical analysis, they are the better team. One of the more familiar matchups of week 7, both teams know what to expect. Hoban will hope to continue the recent trend, in which they've won 5 of the last 5 matchups. In last year's installment, the Knights came out on top by a score of 52-3.
Hoban comes into the game on a 3-game winning streak. After last week's 42-10 win against the Benedictine Bengals, they are 5-1 and look to continue the positive momentum. They've been proficient thus far on both sides of the ball. Their offense ranks 5th in Division 2, scoring an average of 42.2 points per game. Their defense, giving up just 12.8 points per game, ranks 12th in the division.
Lake Catholic tallied up a 21-20 win against the Walsh Jesuit Warriors last week, bringing their record to 3-3 - they'll look to add to the win column once again on Saturday. The Cougars have struggled thus far on each side of the ball. Scoring 28.5 points per game, they rank 36th in Division 4. Defensively, giving up 19.5 points per game, ranks 42nd in the division.
Prediction: Hoban to win (99.80% chance of victory)