The Lake Catholic Cougars and the Padua Franciscan Bruins meet on Friday for what could be an important matchup - while both currently have less than a 50% chance of making the playoffs, every win counts at the end of the season. The Cougars are expected to finish 5-5, good for 14th in Region 13. The Bruins are projected to finish 11th in Region 6 at 4-6. Lake Catholic will be the favorite, projected to come out on top by a score of 28-20. The Cougars, one of the top teams in Division 4, come into the game ranked 23rd. The Bruins, on the other hand, come in ranked 46th in Division 2. This is an unpredictable matchup as the Cougars, projected favoritees, will have to defeat the Bruins on their home field. Not only is it unpredictable from a standpoint of who will come out on top, but also whether it'll be a close game or a decisive victory for one of these teams. 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 Cougars have been superior, coming out on top in 4 of them. However, the past won't matter come kickoff. In 2018's matchup, the Cougars came away with a 41-33 victory.
Lake Catholic is 4-5 after their 17-14 win against the Notre-Dame Cathedral Latin Lions last week. This week, they look to build on that victory on the way to what they hope will be a strong finish to the season. Particularly in recent weeks, the Cougars offense has struggled to put points on the board. In their last 3 games, they've put up an average of 10 points per game. Throughout the course of the season, they've averaged 22.3, which ranks 60th in Division 4. On the opposite side of the ball, they rank 63rd in the division, allowing 24.9 points per game.
Padua Franciscan will come into the week looking to put an end to their current 2-game losing streak after a 40-7 loss against the Benedictine Bengals brought their record down to 4-5. The Bruins have struggled on offense, scoring only 6.5 points per game over their last 2 games. On the year, they rank 84th in Division 2, scoring an average of 16.8 points per game over the course of the season. Defensively, giving up 24.2 points per game, they rank 50th in the division.
Prediction: Lake Catholic to win (56.84% chance of victory)