The St. Augustine Prep Hermits and Donovan Catholic Griffins will face off in the championship round of the 2023 New Jersey High School Football Playoff Brackets: NJSIAA – Non-Public A on Friday, November 10th, at 6pm ET in Toms River, New Jersey.
What it is: New Jersey High School Football
Matchup: St. Augustine Prep Hermits vs. Donovan Catholic Griffins
Time: Friday Nov 10, 2023, 6pm ET
Game Type: Playoffs
Bracket: 2023 New Jersey High School Football Playoff Brackets: NJSIAA – Non-Public A
Round: Championship Round
Locations: Toms River, NJ
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Both teams come into the game with identical 8-2 records. St. Augustine Prep is ranked 6th in the division and 9th in the state, while Donovan Catholic is ranked 4th in the division and 7th in the state.
The Hermits have a balanced offense, averaging 25.9 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 400 yards and 10 touchdowns. St. Augustine Prep also has a solid running game, led by senior running back Matt Cassidy.
The Griffins have a high-powered offense, averaging 27.0 points per game. They are led by senior quarterback Micah Ford, who has thrown for over 2,000 yards and 25 touchdowns this season. Ford is also a threat on the ground, rushing for over 500 yards and 10 touchdowns. Donovan Catholic also has a solid running game, led by senior running back Landyn Collins.
Both defenses are playing at a high level, with St. Augustine Prep allowing just 18.7 points per game and Donovan Catholic allowing just 16.3 points per game.
This is sure to be a close game between two evenly matched teams. St. Augustine Prep will need to find a way to slow down the Griffins’ passing game and force turnovers. Donovan Catholic will need to protect the football and capitalize on their scoring opportunities.
Donovan Catholic won the previous matchup between the two teams this season, 28-21, on August 25th.
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Both teams are evenly matched, but I am giving the edge to Donovan Catholic due to their previous win over St. Augustine Prep. I predict that the Griffins will win a close game, 28-24.