Prediction and Preview for Tonight’s Game at PRP
St. Xavier (4-0) vs. PRP (4-0)
Friday, September 15, 2017
Pleasure Ridge Park High School
Tonight, the Tigers face their biggest test yet, as they take on the Pleasure Ridge Park Panthers on the road. The Panthers are 4-0 with an average win margin of 26 points per game. However, this stat can be deceiving because of the caliber of team they have played. PRP has defeated Valley, Bowling Green, Eastern, and North Hardin. 3 out of those 4 teams are nowhere close to the caliber of team St. X is. Because of this, the Panthers are somewhat of a mystery. They have a high caliber offense led by senior quarterback B.J. Robinson and wide receiver Shannon Bishop (WKU commit), but how will they and the rest of the offense fare against a Tiger defense that has been stellar this season?
Enough about PRP, let’s talk about the Tigers. Through the first four games we have seen St. X establish themselves as a run first offense. The duo of running back Brett Metzmeier and quarterback Jack Albers coming out of the backfield has been unstoppable. Look for the Tigers to stick with it on the ground tonight until the PRP defense stops them. I also think we will see St. X open up the playbook a little more tonight. Look for number 11 to throw the ball more tonight than he has in previous games.
This is going to be a great game with a lot of high caliber players. There are two matchups that will be key in tonight’s game: St. X’s offesive line vs. PRP’s front 7, and the Tiger secondary vs. PRP quarterback B.J. Robinson. If Wyatt Smock and co. can dominate like they have in the first four games, the Tigers shouldn’t have any problem moving down the field and scoring. On the other side of the ball, look for seniors Cam Garrett and Jake Netherton to lead the secondary against B.J. Robinson and Shannon Bishop. If the Tigers can win these matchups, I fully expect them to march out of PRP with a convincing victory.
Playing on the road in a hostile environment has led some to pick against the Tigers. However, I’m not sure why. The St. X offensive line has been dominate all season, Brett Metzmeier is averaging over 100 yards per game, and the defense is giving up just 17 points per game. The Tigers are undefeated all time against the Panthers, and that won’t change tonight. Look for the Tigers to push their winning streak to 20 with a big win against PRP tonight.
Tucker: 31-24 St. X
Andrew: 35-27 St. X
Offense: The Offesive Line
Defense: Cameron Garrett
Offense: Will Crum
Defense: Jake Netherton
Radio: 790 AM