Anything can happen in the playoffs. This is why the Groveport-Madison Cruisers come into the second round expecting a victory over the Olentangy Liberty Patriots, despite the fact the Patriots are projected to win the game by a score of 30-14. It's do or die for each team as always in the postseason. Regardless of the outcome, each team can take comfort in the fact that they had a successful enough season to get here, but only one team will be satisfied with the result as the other's season will end on a loss. Groveport-Madison comes in as Division 1's 36th-ranked team. Olentangy Liberty comes in ranked 5th. It's a chance for the Cruisers to get revenge as, in their regular season matchup, the Patriots won by a score of 21-14. They also played in 2018, a matchup in which the defeated the Cruisers by a score of 30-0.
After their 18-17 win against the Hilliard Davidson Wildcats last week, Groveport-Madison is 9-2 and looks to finish the season strong. The Cruisers offense is the 10th-ranked offense in Division 1, scoring an average of 33.9 points per game over the course of the season. In their last 2 games, however, they've cooled off, averaging 12.5 points per game. While recent games have affected averages negatively, their defense is one of the best as well. They rank 2nd in their division, giving up an average of 10.4 points per game.
For Olentangy Liberty, Saturday is a chance to expand on a 2-game winning streak after their 14-7 win against the Westerville Central Warhawks brought their record to 10-1. The Patriots offense hasn't been particularly great this season in terms of point production, a trend which continues into recent weeks. Over their last 3 games, they've scored an average of 18.67 points - this season they've averaged 23.8, which ranks 39th in Division 1. On defense, they're not much better statistically. They rank 6th in their division, allowing 11.4 points per game. However, they have improved as the season's gone on, giving up an average of 7 points over their last 2.