November 5th, 2010

Week 1 Playoff Football Predictions

Chris Jung

Senior Writer


Week 1 Playoff Football Predictions
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St. Xavier begins defense of its Class 6A crown

St. Xavier (8-2) vs. Seneca (5-5)

The last time these two teams squared off was also in the postseason, as St. X defeated Seneca 28-6 in the 2002 Class 4A playoffs. That season, Andy Clark was leading the passing attack for Seneca with 896 yards and nine touchdowns. Flash forward eight years, and the Redhawk offensive machine is led by Louisville-bound Demarcus Smith – a senior QB with 2,664 passing yards and 26 touchdowns. But despite Smith’s prowess, the Tigers should have no problem with a Seneca defense that has surrendered 347 points in 2010, and an energized La’mont McMurry should have a big game. 

Prediction: St. Xavier 48 Seneca 21

 

DeSales (6-4) vs. Lloyd Memorial (2-8)

Only two teams in all of Class 2A have scored less points than DeSales’ first-round opponent on Friday, as the Colts welcome Erlanger’s Lloyd Memorial to town for a first-round playoff matchup. Head Coach Mark Sander’s team is expecting standout running back Garrit Leicht to be back in lineup after the senior missed the last couple games of the regular season due to injury. Despite Leicht’s absence, fellow senior Jeremy Lucas has shouldered the load and has now rushed for 832 yards this season. The combination of that duo, plus the consistency of quarterback Jared Nauert will be plenty to get by LM’s only real threat – Dexter Smith (497 passing yards, 356 rushing yards, five total TDs).

Prediction DeSales 42 Lloyd Memorial 6

 

Trinity (9-1) vs. Pleasure Ridge Park (5-5)

Of all the statistics attached to the 2010 edition of the Trinity Shamrocks, as well as the program’s playoff history, one modern record stands out the most impressively: Head Coach Bob Beatty is 40-1 all-time with the Rocks during the month of November. And with his offensive juggernaut clicking and his defense playing extraordinarily well (five straight games with a defensive TD), Beatty will increase that record to 41-1 on Friday. PRP and Spencer Sumpter are not to be taken lightly, especially after its defeat of Manual and fourth-quarter losses to Butler and St. X, but Trinity should move on with ease at Marshall Stadium on Friday.

Prediction: Trinity 56 PRP 13

 

Holy Cross (9-1) vs. Fulton County (1-8)

It seems like an eternity since Holy Cross last played a football game, but the time off (bye week) could not have come at a better time for the Class A Cougars. During a 31-7 loss to Paducah Tilghman during its regular season finale on Oct. 23, Holy Cross lost running back Jesse Keen to an injury, and they will need Keen’s 1,120 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns to continue its magical season. They expect him to be ready to go on Friday against Fulton County – a team that hadn’t won a game this season until last week, a 48-0 win over Fulton City. Holy Cross should be able to rest its starters for much of the second half and will have no issues getting to the second round.

Prediction: Holy Cross 48 Fulton County 0

 

Bethlehem (6-4) vs. Crittenden County (7-3)

Bethlehem is coming into the playoffs with an advantage no one else in the state can boast – a complete week of rest after a regular season game last week. Due to a lack of players, Shawnee High School forfeited its game last week during the originally-scheduled regular season finale against Bethlehem, allowing the Eagles to collect a 2-0 win without exerting an ounce of energy. To pull the upset on the road and move on in the playoffs, Bethlehem will have to get past the rushing combination of Andrew Freeman and Tanner Nix, who have combined for 1,067 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2010. Crittenden County did end its regular season with two straight losses, losing a combined 59-29, but Bethlehem will have to find a way to score early to stay in the game.

Prediction: Crittenden County 27 Bethlehem 17

 

 

 

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