Week 7 brings about a big game for both the Moeller Crusaders and the Elder Panthers as it could ultimately decide the postseason fate of either one. The Panthers can currently expect to finish the season 4th at 8-2. For the Crusaders, postseason chances aren't quite as high as they are projected to finish 14th in Region 4. The Panthers are the favorites on Friday, projected to win the game by a score of 25-24. Friday's matchup will feature two of the state's top 100 teams. The Crusaders come into the game ranked 100th in the state while the Panthers come in ranked 23rd. With no definitive indication over who is truly the better team, each side will have to make its case on the field come Friday. One of the more familiar matchups of week 7, both teams know what to expect. Moeller will hope to continue the recent trend, in which they've won 3 of the last 5 matchups. Last season, the rivalry reached an elevated level as the two faced off twice. The Crusaders won the regular season matchup 24-21, but their season came to an end at the hands of the Panthers, who won the playoff matchup 35-0.
Moeller has dropped each of their most recent 3 games and will look to reverse the negative momentum on Friday. They are currently 1-5 and come off of a 41-20 loss against the La Salle Lancers. Thus far, they haven't been particularly strong in terms of scoring on either side of the ball. Their offense ranks 53rd in Division 1, scoring an average of 18.7 points per game. On defense, giving up 29.7 points per game, they rank 54th in the division.
For Elder, Friday is a chance to expand on a 2-game winning streak after their 31-28 win against the St. Xavier Bombers brought their record to 5-1. On offense, the Panthers are one of the best teams in Division 1, ranked 4th scoring an average of 40.7 points per game. Their defense ranks 49th, allowing 28 points per game.
Prediction: Elder to win (98.32% chance of victory)