The West Warwick Wizards and Lincoln Lions will face off in the semifinal round of the 2023 RIIL Division 3 Football Championships on Friday, November 10th, at 6:30pm ET at Lincoln High School in Lincoln, Rhode Island.
What it is: Rhode Island High School Football
Matchup: West Warwick Wizards vs. Lincoln Lions
Time: Friday Nov 10, 2023, 6:30pm ET
Game Type: Playoffs
Bracket: 2023 RIIL Division 3 Football Championships
Round: Semi Final Round
Locations: Lincoln – Lincoln, RI
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The Wizards come into the game with a 6-2 record, while the Lions are 8-1. Lincoln is ranked 8th in the state, while West Warwick is ranked 12th.
The Wizards have a balanced offense, averaging 18.5 points per game. They are led by senior quarterback Ryan Wright, who has thrown for over 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. Wright is also a threat on the ground, rushing for over 300 yards and five touchdowns. West Warwick also has a solid running game, led by senior running back Matt Cassidy.
The Lions have a high-powered offense, averaging 33.8 points per game. They are led by senior quarterback Micah Ford, who has thrown for over 1,800 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. Ford is also a threat on the ground, rushing for over 400 yards and five touchdowns. Lincoln also has a solid running game, led by senior running back Landyn Collins.
Both defenses are playing at a high level, with West Warwick allowing just 17.1 points per game and Lincoln allowing just 16.8 points per game.
This is sure to be a close game between two evenly matched teams. West Warwick will need to find a way to slow down the Lions’ passing game and force turnovers. Lincoln 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 Lincoln due to their home field advantage and their more explosive offense. I predict that the Lions will win a close game, 27-24.