The Coaches: Redeemer's Pat Reece (0-0, 1st year); Northwest's Carl Majer (28-17, 5th year)
Last Meeting: Northwest 38-24 in 2011
All-Time Series: Northwest leads 4-0
Quick Fact: Northwest has scored at least 33 points in all four meetings.
Scouting Redeemer: Reece takes over and has some passing weapons at his disposal with QB Jimmy Strickland and pass catchers Thomas Cosgrove and Eric Kerr. The Royals, though, really need to run the ball with consistency. And block much, much better.
Scouting Northwest: Northwest running back Tony Politz had a career-high 244 yards in last year's victory over Redeemer. The Rangers' 352 yards on the ground were also a season high. The passing offense will be a work in progress. The parts are there, but some assembly is required.
What To Expect: Running Politz last season worked, so don't expect Northwest to deviate too much from that philosophy. It should be good enough for a victory.
-- John Erzar