Mike Alstott certainly knows a thing or two about playing in the postseason.

The 12-year NFL veteran has led Northside Christian in the Class 2A with a 10-2 record. Last Friday night, the Mustangs flew past Cambridge Christian 41-11 in a home region final.

Northside Christian heads down south to Hialeah to take on Champagnat Catholic (10-1) in the state semifinal. The Lions shut out a very talented First Baptist 13-0 last week.

Champagnat Catholic’s defense has been stingy allowing only 13.9 points per game. Sophomore running back Daryn Jones scored the lone offensive touchdown for the Lions last week.

The Mustangs earned six touchdowns from Griffin Alstott, the coach’s son. The Purdue commit did everything and more as a runner and a passer for the Northside offense. Marcus Hooks, Demetrius Jackson and Derrick Wright are three dangerous playmakers for this offense.

Defensively, linebacker Tah’shim Knight is a hard hitter that holds his group together.

Johnquai Lewis is a sophomore athlete that the Mustangs need to keep an eye on. He is quick after the catch proof by his 81-yard reception last week.

For the Lions defense, they had three interceptions including one returned for a touchdown in the win over First Baptist.

The bottom line is that both of these teams are playing sound football right now.

Northside Christian has been solid on both sides of the ball over the last few weeks. The offense is firing on all cylinders and the defense is crafty.

The home team, Champagnat has to be able to score more on offense to hang around. The defense can only do so much for them and I don’t expect Alstott to make many mistakes under, he rarely does.

This is going to be a close matchup, but I have to give the edge to the road team. Northside Christian is running hot right now and it appears they aren’t slowing down anytime soon.

Jake Perper is the scout for Prep Sports Scouting. Make sure to follow along for all the updates on Twitter: @JakePerper.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to write below or email Jake at jake.perper@hotmail.com.

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