Week 10 is a chance for the Chaminade Julienne Eagles to expand their already-solid playoff chances. They come into Friday projected to finish 1st in Region 12. They host the Archbishop Alter Knights, currently projected to finish 9th in Region 12. Archbishop Alter has the edge on paper, entering the game as a 15-point favorite. However, the battle for a postseason bid can only be decided on the field. This week's matchup pits two of the Division 3's best against one another. Archbishop Alter ranks 2nd while Chaminade Julienne ranks 21st. As a relatively sizeable home underdog, the Eagles come into the game with a lot to prove. For the Knights, the only thing to prove is that an advantage on paper can translate into an advantage on their opponent's home field. The teams are no strangers to one another, playing against each other in each of the last five years. Over their last 5 matchups, the Knights have been superior, coming out on top in 5 of them. However, the past won't matter come kickoff. In 2018's matchup, the Knights came away with a 35-3 victory.
Archbishop Alter hopes to build off of last week's 56-7 win against the McNicholas Rockets and finish the season strong. The Knights offense will look to continue to improve as they've scored an average of 33 points per game over their last 2 games, up from their season average of 24.6, which ranks 63rd in Division 3. Defensively, they haven't been the strongest either in terms of points allowed. They give up 14.9 points per game, ranking 20th in their division.
Chaminade Julienne is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 5-game winning streak, including last week's 44-30 win against the Bishop Fenwick Falcons. That brings their record to 8-1 as they look to add another notch to the win column. In recent weeks, the Eagles haven't been quite as explosive on offense but they remain the 21st-ranked offense in Division 3, scoring an average of 34 points per game. Their defense ranks 31st in their division allowing an average of 16.9 points per game, but they have shown improvement in recent weeks - in their last 3 games, they've given up an average of 13.33 points.
Prediction: Archbishop Alter to win (86.26% chance of victory)