The Faith Lutheran Crusaders and Green Valley Gators will face off in the semifinal round of the 2023 NIAA (Nevada) Class 5A Division II State Football Championships on Friday, November 10th, at 6pm ET in Henderson, Nevada.
What it is: Nevada High School Football
Matchup: Faith Lutheran Crusaders vs. Green Valley Gators
Time: Friday Nov 10, 2023, 6pm ET
Game Type: Playoffs
Bracket: 2023 NIAA (Nevada) Class 5A Division II State Football Championships
Round: Semi Final Round
Locations: Green Valley – Henderson, NV
Live stream: Watch here
Both teams come into the game with identical 8-3 records. The Crusaders are ranked 8th in the division and 8th in the state, while the Gators are ranked 13th in the division and 13th in the state.
Faith Lutheran has a high-powered offense, averaging 28.7 points per game. They are led by senior quarterback Brady Carlton, who has thrown for over 2,000 yards and 25 touchdowns this season. Carlton is also a threat on the ground, rushing for over 400 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Green Valley has a balanced offense, averaging 21.7 points per game. They are led by senior running back Landyn Collins, who has rushed for over 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. The Gators also have a solid passing attack, led by senior quarterback Gabe Johnson.
Both defenses are playing at a high level, with Faith Lutheran allowing just 18.7 points per game and Green Valley allowing just 20.3 points per game.
This is sure to be a close game between two evenly matched teams. Faith Lutheran will need to find a way to slow down the Gators’ running game and force turnovers. Green Valley will need to protect the football and capitalize on their scoring opportunities.
Faith Lutheran won the previous matchup between the two teams this season, 21-14, on September 8th.
Both teams are evenly matched, but I am giving the edge to Faith Lutheran due to their previous win over Green Valley and their slightly higher ranking. I predict that the Crusaders will win a close game, 28-24.