Anything can happen in the playoffs. This is why the Badin Rams come into the second round expecting a victory over the Archbishop Alter Knights, despite the fact the Knights are projected to win the game by a score of 30-14. 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. Badin comes in as Division 3's 25th-ranked team. Archbishop Alter comes in ranked 2nd. This is a chance for the Knights to avenge a loss from earlier on in the regular season, when the Rams beat them 42-7. They also played twice last season so there's a sense of rivalry going into the week. The Knights won the 2018 regular season matchup 17-7, but their season came to an end at the hands of the Knights, who won the playoff matchup 13-0.
Looking to build upon their 4-game winning streak, Badin comes into the week at 8-3. After their 46-14 win against the Ross Rams, they are confident in their ability to finish strong. While the Rams haven't been the most high-powered offense throughout the season, they have been improving week to week. In the last 3 weeks, they've averaged 39.33, up from their season average of 30.2, which ranks 36th in Division 3. While the defense hasn't been much better, they have improved lately - while they average 10.9 points allowed per game, which ranks 8th in their division, they've taken that average down to 8.44 points over the last 9 weeks.
Archbishop Alter is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 3-game winning streak, including last week's 10-7 win against the Chaminade Julienne Eagles. That brings their record to 7-4 as they look to add another notch to the win column. The Knights offense will look to continue to improve as they've scored an average of 33.67 points per game over their last 3 games, up from their season average of 24.2, which ranks 62nd in Division 3. The defense hasn't been much better statistically, giving up an average of 15.4 points per game, which ranks 25th in their division.
Prediction: Archbishop Alter to win (99.59% chance of victory)