The Sacred Heart Crusaders and Simmons Blue Devils will square off in the second round of the 2023 Mississippi (MHSAA) 1A Football Championships on Friday, November 10, 2023 at 7pm ET in Hollandale, Mississippi.
What it is: Mississippi High School Football
Matchup: Sacred Heart Crusaders vs. Simmons Blue Devils
Time: Friday Nov 10, 2023, 7pm ET
Game Type: Playoffs
Bracket: 2023 Mississippi (MHSAA) 1A Football Championships
Round: Second Round
Locations: R. J. Hawthorne Field – Hollandale, MS
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The Crusaders enter the playoffs with a 10-1 record, while the Blue Devils have a perfect 10-0 record. Simmons is ranked 3rd in the division, while Sacred Heart is ranked 7th. In the state rankings, Simmons is ranked 93rd and Sacred Heart is ranked 162nd.
Sacred Heart has a balanced offense that averages 30.5 points per game. The Crusaders are led by senior quarterback Isaac Johnson, who has thrown for over 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. Johnson also has a solid rushing attack, as he has rushed for over 400 yards and five touchdowns.
Simmons has a more explosive offense, averaging 46.4 points per game. The Blue Devils are led by senior running back David Miller, who has rushed for over 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. Simmons also has a dangerous passing game, led by senior quarterback Matthew Schuette, who has thrown for over 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Both teams have good defenses, but Simmons has the better unit. The Blue Devils have allowed just 16.9 points per game this season, while Sacred Heart has allowed 22.8 points per game.
This should be a one-sided game, as Simmons is the clear favorite. The Blue Devils have the better offense, the better defense, and a home field advantage. Sacred Heart will need to play a perfect game to have a chance to win.
Prediction: Simmons Blue Devils 35, Sacred Heart Crusaders 14
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