Watterson finds itself in an unfamiliar position heading into the final week of the regular season.

Watterson finds itself in an unfamiliar position heading into the final week of the regular season.

Unless the Eagles upset undefeated Jonathan Alder and get help, the defending Division III state champions likely will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2007. Their last losing season was in 2008, when they lost in the first round of the Division II, Region 7 playoffs 20-17 to DeSales to finish 5-6.

Watterson lost to St. Charles 23-13 on Oct. 21 to slip to 3-6 overall and finish 0-2 in the CCL-Silver Division. DeSales went 2-0 and the Cardinals were 1-1.

"It wasn't about (St. Charles) at all," senior tight end and linebacker Craig Fada said. "It was about us not coming in prepared."

Jonathan Alder improved to 9-0 by beating Marion Harding 51-7 on Oct. 21. The Pioneers have posted five shutouts and are averaging 38.7 points per game.

Running back Derritt Potts and quarterback Nick Squires are two of the top players on offense for Jonathan Alder. Against Harding, Potts ran for touchdowns of 53, 64 and 55 yards.

The Eagles are giving up 23.8 points per game. Fada leads in tackles with 30 solos and 70 assists. Watterson has 10 interceptions, with Mike Vlahakis having three.

St. Charles totaled 349 yards against Watterson, including 306 on the ground.

The Cardinals held Eagles quarterback Austin Greene to 2-for-10 passing for minus-1 yard. Greene rushed 12 times for 70 yards and one touchdown and Isaiah Murray (29 yards rushing) and Anthony Melaragno (26 yards rushing) also contributed.

Watterson also scored on a 94-yard kickoff return by Walter Greene.

"We started watching film on Jonathan Alder last week," Fada said. "We don't listen to much of the hype. For our seniors this is our last game and we have to give it our all. Our motto for (this) week is: 'Shock the world.'"

-Jarrod Ulrey