The Notre-Dame Cathedral Latin Lions come into Friday projected to finish the season 3-7 at 22nd in Region 9. 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 18-point favorite. However, the battle for a postseason bid can only be decided on the field. The better team on paper, the Knights come into the game ranked 2nd in the state and 1st in Division 2. The Lions come in ranked 185th in the state and 41st in Division 3. Hoban, who should be able to quiet the home crowd and control the game, will have to prove they can do so on Friday. One of the more familiar matchups of week 10, both teams know what to expect. Hoban will hope to continue the recent trend, in which they've won 4 of the last 5 matchups. In last year's installment, the Knights came out on top by a score of 31-0.
Hoban comes into the game on a 6-game winning streak. After last week's 42-21 win against the Walsh Jesuit Warriors, they are 8-1 and look to continue the positive momentum. The Knights score an average of 43.1 points per game, which ranks 25th in the state offensively. In recent weeks, they've been even more proficient, scoring an average of 45 points per game over their last 3 games. On defense, they've been just as strong. Allowing just 12.2 points per game over the course of the season, their defense ranks 11th in their division. Over the last 5 weeks, they've been even more proficient, giving up just 8.6 points per game.
Notre-Dame Cathedral Latin comes into Friday looking to put a halt to their 4-game losing streak and build some momentum moving forward. Last week's loss came at the hands of the Lake Catholic Cougars, who beat the Lions by a score of 17-14. The Lions have struggled on offense, scoring only 13.5 points per game over their last 2 games. On the year, they rank 65th in Division 3, scoring an average of 24.1 points per game over the course of the season. Their defense, while not a top defense in Division 3, has shown signs of improvement. They currently rank 47th in the division with 21.1 points allowed per game, but have allowed an improved average of 16.67 points over their last 6 games.
Prediction: Hoban to win (99.94% chance of victory)