The Fillmore Central Panthers and Norfolk Catholic Knights will face off in the semifinal round of the 2023 NSAA Class C2 Football Championship on Friday, November 10th, at 6pm ET in Norfolk, Nebraska.
What it is: Montana High School Football
Matchup: Fillmore Central Panthers vs. Norfolk Catholic Knights
Time: Friday Nov 10, 2023, 6pm ET
Game Type: Playoffs
Bracket: 2023 NSAA Class C2 Football Championship
Round: Semi Final Round
Locations: Norfolk Catholic – Norfolk, NE
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Both teams come into the game with undefeated 11-0 records. Fillmore Central is ranked 4th in the division and 24th in the state, while Norfolk Catholic is ranked 1st in the division and 7th in the state.
The Panthers have a balanced offense, averaging 32.6 points per game. They are led by senior quarterback Brady Carlton, who has thrown for over 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns this season. Carlton is also a threat on the ground, rushing for over 400 yards and 7 touchdowns.
The Knights have a high-powered offense, averaging 44.5 points per game. They are led by senior running back Landyn Collins, who has rushed for over 1,500 yards and 25 touchdowns this season. The Knights also have a solid passing attack, led by senior quarterback Gabe Johnson.
Both defenses are playing at a high level, with Fillmore Central allowing just 18.9 points per game and Norfolk Catholic allowing just 15.7 points per game.
This is sure to be a close game between two evenly matched teams. The Panthers will need to find a way to slow down the Knights’ running game and force turnovers. The Knights will need to protect the football and capitalize on their scoring opportunities.
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Both teams are evenly matched, but I am giving the edge to Norfolk Catholic due to their home field advantage and their higher ranking. I predict that the Knights will win a close game, 35-31.