Anything can happen in the playoffs. This is why the Chaminade Julienne Eagles come into the first round expecting a victory over the Archbishop Alter Knights, despite the fact the Knights are projected to win the game by a score of 32-17. The playoffs are the best time of the year but also come with a great deal of drama as many powerhouses will even see their seasons cut short. Each week, it's do or die and, after this week is complete, half of the current playoff teams will be eliminated. The Knights, one of the top teams in Division 3, come into the game ranked 2nd. The Eagles come in ranked 28th. A rematch from earlier in the season, look for this to be one of the more emotional battles of the week. In the regular season, the Knights won 35-28 so the Eagles will be looking for revenge. Last season, they played as well, the Knights beating the Eagles 35-3.
Archbishop Alter is currently on a 2-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Saturday. Coming off of a 35-28 win against the Chaminade Julienne Eagles, they are 6-4 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. While the Knights offense has not been particularly great, ranked 57th in Division 3 with 25.6 points per game, they have improved in recent weeks, averaging 45.5 points over their last 2 contests. Defensively, giving up 16.2 points per game, they rank 28th in the division.
Chaminade Julienne looks to rebound after a 35-28 loss against the Archbishop Alter Knights last week, which brought their record to 8-2. The Eagles rank 25th in Division 3 on offense, scoring an average of 33.4. However, over the last 4 weeks, their average is down to 25.75 points per game. Their defense gives up an average of 18.7 points per game, ranking 40th in their division.
Prediction: Archbishop Alter to win (91.66% chance of victory)