The Canisius Crusaders and St. Francis Red Raiders will face off in the second round of the 2023 Fall Boys Football New York Monsignor Martin State Tournament – Class A on Friday, November 10th, at 7pm ET at St. Francis High School in Hamburg, New York.
What it is: New York High School Football
Matchup: Canisius Crusaders vs. St. Francis Red Raiders
Time: Friday Nov 10, 2023, 7pm ET
Game Type: Playoffs
Bracket: 2023 Fall Boys Football New York Monsignor Martin State Tournament – Class A
Locations: St. Francis High School – Hamburg, NY
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The Crusaders come into the game with a 5-5 record, while the Red Raiders are 4-5. Canisius is ranked 2nd in the division and 23rd in the state, while St. Francis is ranked 1st in the division and 9th in the state.
The Crusaders have a balanced offense, averaging 30.3 points per game. They are led by senior quarterback Ryan Wright, who has thrown for over 1,500 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. Wright is also a threat on the ground, rushing for over 200 yards and five touchdowns. Canisius also has a solid running game, led by senior running back Matt Cassidy.
The Red Raiders have a high-powered offense, averaging 36.8 points per game. They are led by senior quarterback Micah Ford, who has thrown for over 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns this season. Ford is also a threat on the ground, rushing for over 300 yards and five touchdowns. St. Francis also has a solid running game, led by senior running back Landyn Collins.
Both defenses are playing at a high level, with Canisius allowing just 26.7 points per game and St. Francis allowing just 28.3 points per game.
This is sure to be a close game between two evenly matched teams. Canisius will need to find a way to slow down the Red Raiders’ passing game and force turnovers. St. Francis will need to protect the football and capitalize on their scoring opportunities.
St. Francis won the last matchup between the two teams last month by a score of 28-21.
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Both teams are evenly matched, but I am giving the edge to St. Francis due to their home field advantage and their more explosive offense. I predict that the Red Raiders will win a close game, 35-28.