The Archbishop Alter Knights come into the opening round of the playoffs projected to get a victory over the Mount Healthy Owls by a score of 31-12. However, anything can happen in the playoffs so you can throw mathematical predictions out the window. 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 Owls rank 43rd in the division while the Knights rank 3rd. The teams did not appear on each other's schedules last season, which presents a degree of unpredictability. Strategically, this might lead to complications that could throw off the gameplan of either team.
Mount Healthy looks to get back on track this week as they come in on a 2-game losing streak. They are currently 5-5 after a 33-0 loss against the Edgewood Cougars last week. Particularly in recent weeks, the Owls offense has struggled to put points on the board. In their last 2 games, they've put up an average of 7 points per game. Throughout the course of the season, they've averaged 22.7, which ranks 66th in Division 3. Defensively, giving up 24.7 points per game, they rank 68th in the division.
Archbishop Alter is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 9-game winning streak, including last week's 35-3 win against the Chaminade Julienne Eagles. That brings their record to 9-1 as they look to add another notch to the win column. The Knights offense is one of the most high-powered in their division, particularly in recent weeks. For the year, they rank 9th in Division 3 with 36.4 points per game. Over the last 7 weeks, they've scored an average of 36.4. Nevertheless, the defense could actually be the true strength of the team, which they've shown in their most recent contests. Over the last 2 games, they've allowed only 1.5 points per game. However, success on defense isn't just a recent trend - on the season, their defense ranks 2nd in their division, allowing 7.6 points per game.
Prediction: Archbishop Alter to win (99.95% chance of victory)