November 12th, 2010

Week 2 Playoff Football Predictions

Chris Jung

Senior Writer


Week 2 Playoff Football Predictions
photo by Lisa Cox Stengel

Tigers vs. Bruins rematch leads intriguing Week 2 matchups

St. Xavier (9-2) vs. Ballard (6-5)

The rematch between St. Xavier and Ballard is without a doubt the game of the week in Class 6A and should be an intriguing matchup to watch. These two teams squared of to start the season in August at St. X – a game in which the Tigers blew a 20-point lead, only to see the Bruins have a two-point conversion attempt at the buzzer that would have given Ballard the one-point win. St. X eventually won the game 35-34 and Ballard certainly has not forgotten about that outcome. Ballard is led by wide receiver Devante Parker, who has amassed an astounding 1,609 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns on the season, wreaking havoc on opposing defenses. Ballard also features the versatile threat of Damonte Flippins, as well as two capable quarterbacks (Moez Crawford and Christian Wallace) who have combined for 36 touchdown passes. The Tigers are led by running back La’mont McMurry, who has rushed for over 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns. He did not play in the season opener against Ballard, so he could be the difference maker. Head Coach Mike Glaser has also been relying heavily upon Ironman Devontae Beach – St. X’s starting linebacker and part-time running back, who rarely leaves the field. Beach has five rushing touchdowns on the season, all of which have come at crucial moments for his team. There should be plenty of fireworks in this one, and if St. X wins they will likely set up St. X vs. Trinity Part II during next week’s quarterfinal round.

Prediction: St. Xavier 42 Ballard 28

 

Holy Cross (10-1) vs. Bethlehem (7-4)

In one of two Catholic vs. Catholic showdowns this week, Holy Cross welcomes Bardstown, Kentucky’s Bethlehem High School to Alumni Field for some round two playoff action. The Cougars are coming off a 60-point thrashing of Fulton County, while Bethlehem will be looking for its second consecutive postseason road win after the Eagles won at Crittenden County 28-14 for the team’s third straight win. Bethlehem flashed some stingy run defense last week and could pose some issues for star Holy Cross running back Jesse Keen, but not enough to keep him out of the endzone. Bethlehem is led by quarterback Clay Owens, who sometimes runs better than he throws. It should be a good matchup in this clash of Class 1A teams, and Holy Cross should be able to get the job done, as they look ahead to a likely quarterfinal matchup with Class 1A power Mayfield.

Prediction: Holy Cross 31 Bethlehem 14

 

Trinity (9-1) vs. duPont Manual (6-5)

Manual has won three straight games, including a thrilling victory in the “Old Rivalry” against Male and a textbook 40-14 win over Eastern in last week’s first round playoff game. But the Crimsons face a different kind of opponent this week, as Manual heads to Marshall Stadium to take on the hottest team in Class 6A – Trinity High School. The Shamrocks defeated Manual 42-7 back on Sept. 3. In that game, Manual RB Damontre Warr carried the ball 22 times for 88 yards. Expect even more touches out of him tonight, but if Warr isn’t more productive, Manual won’t make it close. The Rocks, CatholicSportsNet.com’s No. 9 best Catholic team in the country, has yet to lose to an in-state opponent this season and will rely on its explosive offense to take care of business yet again. While this will be Trinity and Manual’s 30th all-time meeting, this will only be the second time they’ve ever met in the playoffs. The Shamrocks will get everything Manual has, but it won’t be enough.

Prediction: Trinity 42 Manual 12

 

DeSales (7-4) vs. Holy Cross Covington (6-5)

DeSales High School hasn’t lost a game since a 26-21 defeat at Fern Creek on Oct. 1, and the Colts will be looking for its sixth straight win on Friday against Holy Cross High School (Covington, KY). Holy Cross brings a four-game winning streak of its own into the game, and the Indians have scored 50 or more points in all four of those contests. They are led by running back Chad Fuller, who has rushed for 1,053 yards and 16 touchdowns on the season. Holy Cross also features a potent passing game that is anchored by quarterback Jerry Arlinghaus, who has thrown for nearly 2,500 yards and 23 touchdowns. DeSales will hopefully counter with the services of running back Garrit Leicht, who hopes to return to the field after a three-game absence due to a tendon injury. Leicht, who had rushed for 700 yards and 14 touchdowns in the eight games prior to his injury, will have to pick up the slack for his running mate Jeremy Lucas (832 rushing yards and six TDs), who suffered a season-ending injury two weeks ago. This Class 2A state playoff game will more than likely turn into a shootout at Manual Stadium, as these teams have combined for 716 points scored so far this season.

Prediction: DeSales 48 Holy Cross (Covington) 41

Check back to LouisvilleCatholicSports.com following the games for full coverage of all the results and action.

 

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