Northwest at Holy Redeemer
7 p.m. Saturday
The Coaches: Northwest’s Karl Majer (33-23, 6th year); Redeemer’s Pat Reece (3-7, 2nd year)
Last Meeting: Northwest 45-15 in 2012
All-Time Series: Northwest leads 5-0
Quick Fact: Redeemer passed 38 times and ran 16 times in last year’s game.
Scouting Northwest: The Rangers lost big-play RB Tony Politz to graduation, but don’t cry for the Rangers. Junior RB Austin Mazonkey looks ready to carry the workload. That could be a problem for Redeemer, which was terrible against the run in 2012. The game is the first of two Majer will misses as he serves out his suspension for using an ineligible player in the Eastern Conference semifinals last year.
Scouting Redeemer: There’s not much mystery to what the Royals will do. QB Jimmy Strickland will whip the ball around like he’s playing arena football. WR Eric Kerr will catch a majority of the throws. Redeemer has matched up pretty well in the skill positions with most teams. The problem is up front where the Royals have never been able to generate a running game.
What To Expect: The Rangers are big up front and have a promising running back. That combination has often doomed Redeemer.