Typically, the first two rounds consist largely of vastly superior teams beating up on other teams in their region that just so happened to get in with enough playoff points. This likely will not be one of those matchups as the West Jefferson Roughriders head into Sunday projected to beat the Shawnee Braves by a score of 33-28. The playoffs are an interesting time of year as 7 teams fulfill their most ambitious goal in winning a state championship while the other 217 playoff teams will end their season with a loss. This matchup is no different as the winner will continue their playoff run while the loser will end its 2019 season with a loss. The Braves rank 22nd in the division while the Roughriders rank 8th. A new game on the schedule for both teams, it should shape out as an unpredictable affair. Strategically, this might lead to complications that could throw off the gameplan of either team.
Looking to build upon their 2-game winning streak, Shawnee comes into the week at 9-2. After their 34-18 win against the CHCA Eagles, they are confident in their ability to finish strong. The Braves offense is the 10th-ranked offense in Division 5, scoring an average of 40 points per game over the course of the season. In their last 4 games, however, they've cooled off, averaging 33.25 points per game. Their defense allows an average of 23.1 points per game, which ranks 53rd in their division.
For West Jefferson, Sunday is a chance to expand on a 3-game winning streak after their 48-24 win against the Summit Country Day Silver Knights brought their record to 10-1. Thus far, the Roughriders offense has averaged 49.4 points per game offensively, which ranks 3rd in the state. In recent weeks, they've been even more powerful, scoring an average of 55.67 points per game over the last 3 weeks. On defense, they rank 39th in their division, giving up an average of 21 points per game.