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Men’s Interhall

Interhall Predictions

and | Thursday, November 20, 2014

Renee Griffin:

The matchup between Pangborn and Welsh Family is sure to be a nail-biter, as the two have nearly identical stats in points per game and points allowed.

The Phoxes can pull off their second consecutive upset with a win over the Whirlwinds, as they showed marked improvement in their revenge match last week against previously undefeated Pasquerilla East with a decisive 34-20 win.

Though Welsh Family goes into the championship without a loss, it has not been challenged all season by a team as strong in both offense and defense as Pangborn. Ultimately, I think Pangborn’s defense will be able to limit the Whirlwind attack enough to triumph, just as it did against the Pyros in the semifinals.

FINAL SCORE: Pangborn 21, Welsh Family 20



Two formidable teams will be on display when Morrissey and Keenan square off.

Morrissey’s offense is by far the most productive in the league, and in the playoffs, the Manor have shut down two opponents after allowing an average of nine points per game in the regular season. Keenan, on the other hand, has boasted a steadfast defense all year, allowing a total of six points through six games.

The weather Sunday will likely allow the defenses to dominate; however, in the end, Morrissey’s offense will show up as usual to find a hole in the Knights’ front at least once to hand Keenan a close defeat. Keenan’s offense will struggle to put up points against a Manor defense that has a lot of momentum right now.

FINAL SCORE: Morrissey 8, Keenan 0


Alex Carson:

The title game on the women’s side pits the league’s two best scoring defenses against each other. Welsh Family allowed 24 points during six regular season games, Pangborn just 27.

But for as equally matched as these two strong defensive units are, the offenses look the same way. Both teams put up points and average at least three scores a game. Both have been impressive during the playoffs.

And when both the offensive and defensive units are so well matched, it often can come down to which team has that clutch factor; that ability to pull out big plays.

The Whirlwinds showed they have that trait when they beat Pasquerilla West on the last play of the game way back in September.

FINAL SCORE: Welsh Family 22, Pangborn 18

It’s that classic game where the two teams seem to be radically different.

Morrissey got here thanks to its innovative (or is it throwback?) Wing-T offense that leads the league in scoring, averaging 18.3 points per game. Keenan got here thanks to its stout defense — the Knights have allowed just six points all season long.

Morrissey missed the playoffs each of the last three years. Keenan is going for its second title in three years (and lost in the semifinals last year).

But Keenan needed Siegfried to turn the ball over in the red zone twice late just to hang on and make the Stadium.

Morrissey is a team poised to etch its name in the record books. And it will do so Sunday.

FINAL SCORE: Morrissey 16, Keenan 6

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About Renee Griffin

Notre Dame senior, formerly of Farley Hall. Originally from Lake Zurich, IL, majoring in American Studies with a minor in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy. Enjoys talkin' about practice.

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About Alex Carson

Alex Carson graduated from Notre Dame in 2017 after majoring in Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics and living in O’Neill Hall. Hailing from the Indianapolis area, but born in Youngstown, Ohio, Carson is a Cleveland sports fan convinced that he’s already lived the “best day of his life.” At The Observer, Carson was first a Sports Writer, then served as an Associate Sports Editor (2015/16) and an Assistant Managing Editor (2016/17), before finishing his tenure as a Senior Sports Writer. A man of strong convictions, he ardently believes that Carly Rae Jepsen's 2015 release E•MO•TION is the greatest album of his generation, and wakes up early on Saturday mornings to listen, or occasionally watch, his favorite least-favorite sports team, Aston Villa. When he isn’t writing, Carson spends his time counting down the days to the next running of the Indianapolis 500 and reminding people that the Victory March starts with the lyric, “Rally sons of Notre Dame,” not “Cheer, cheer for Old Notre Dame.”

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