The Central Knights and Bishop Hendricken Hawks will face off in the semifinal round of the 2023 RIIL Division 1 Football Championships on Friday, November 10th, at 6:30pm ET at Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick, Rhode Island.
What it is: Rhode Island High School Football
Matchup: Central Knights vs. Bishop Hendricken Hawks
Time: Friday Nov 10, 2023, 6:30pm ET
Game Type: Playoffs
Bracket: 2023 RIIL Division 1 Football Championships
Round: Semi Final Round
Locations: Bishop Hendricken – Warwick, RI
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The Knights come into the game with a 3-6 record, while the Hawks are 7-1. Bishop Hendricken is ranked 2nd in the state, while Central is ranked 11th.
The Knights have a balanced offense, averaging 23.2 points per game. They are led by senior quarterback Ryan Wright, who has thrown for over 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. Wright is also a threat on the ground, rushing for over 300 yards and five touchdowns. Central also has a solid running game, led by senior running back Matt Cassidy.
The Hawks have a high-powered offense, averaging 34.1 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 400 yards and five touchdowns. Bishop Hendricken also has a solid running game, led by senior running back Landyn Collins.
Both defenses are playing at a high level, with Central allowing just 21.7 points per game and Bishop Hendricken allowing just 18.8 points per game.
This is sure to be a close game between two evenly matched teams. Central will need to find a way to slow down the Hawks’ passing game and force turnovers. Bishop Hendricken will need to protect the football and capitalize on their scoring opportunities.
This is the first time that the two teams have met on the gridiron.
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Both teams are evenly matched, but I am giving the edge to Bishop Hendricken due to their home field advantage and their more explosive offense. I predict that the Hawks will win a close game, 28-24.