Preisman Pre-Cap: Prep vs. Central

Brendan Preisman, Jay Journal Sports

Here is Jay Journal Sports’ Brendan Preisman’s take on tonight’s game: 

Two 1-0 teams prepare to add another tally to their win column tonight at 7. #9 Omaha Creighton Prep (1-0, beat Omaha North 24-21) will travel to Omaha Central (1-0, beat Omaha Benson 53-2) for the second game of the season. Last year the Junior Jays ran roughshod over the Eagles, 59-13. This is what to watch for:

Central had the luxury of a tune-up game against Benson to prepare for the tougher part of their schedule, which is Prep and 4th-ranked Burke back to back. However, a couple players did distinguish themselves from the back in last week’s victory.

Eagles running back Deanthony Bridgeford-Jackett had just 6 carries, but went for 74 yards and 3 scores. He also blocked a punt that was returned for a score.

Devontae Perry added 10 carries for 97 yards and a touchdown. The team also added 2 interceptions and a safety along with the blocked punt.

Creighton Prep had a much tougher game against North, but defense and special teams sealed the win. Joe Boulay had a pick six in the first quarter to open the scoring and added 4 tackles. John Coniglio went 13-21 for 140 yards and a touchdown to Mason Armstead. The Junior Jays forced overtime after the late touchdown to Armstead and stopped powerful running back Treon Fairgood-Jones on 4th and goal from the 1. Pat Foley then stepped up and drilled a 30 yarder to give Prep the win.

Both teams got wins, but when one looks at the stats, the stats reveal that both teams have some work to do. Prep’s defense gave up 401 total yards, 290 of them on the ground, and will have to stop another running team (153 out of 212 yards on the ground).

While Central’s offense was in the end zone quite a bit, they benefited from terrific field position thanks to 109 penalty yards and -37 yards of offense for Benson. Both teams were also good at getting the ball back on defense, with 2 turnovers forced by the Junior Jays and 3 forced by the Eagles.

Both these teams are riding a high coming into this game and one of them will have to come crashing down. While Central’s win appears much more impressive, Prep also faced a much tougher team in the 10th-ranked Vikings.

Both teams relied on their defenses to set up the offense, and both will probably do so again.

However, the talent gap leads me to believe that this game will get out of hand and fairly quickly as well.

My final prediction is 35-17 Creighton Prep. 

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