This week's matchup between the Springfield Tigers and the Trimble Tomcats should be one of the more competitive of the second round, the Tigers entering the week projected to win by a score of 28-23. The playoffs are the best time of the year but also come with a great deal of drama as many powerhouses will even see their seasons cut short. Each week, it's do or die and, after this week is complete, half of the current playoff teams will be eliminated. The Tomcats, one of the top teams in Division 6, come into the game ranked 2nd. The Tigers come in ranked 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 11-game winning streak, Trimble comes into the week at 11-0. After their 26-14 win against the Southern Indians, they are confident in their ability to finish strong. Thus far, the Tomcats offense has put up an average of 43.2 points per game, which ranks 23rd in the state. In recent weeks, they've been even more powerful, scoring an average of 60.33 points per game over the last 3 weeks. While their offense gets a lot of credit for their success, the defense has played at an elite level as well. Giving up just 1.8 points per game on average, their defense ranks 1st in the state.
Springfield is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 11-game winning streak, including last week's 34-7 win against the Western Reserve Blue Devils. That brings their record to 11-0 as they look to add another notch to the win column. The Tigers have been extremely impressive on offense all season, scoring 42.9 points per game, which ranks 25th in the state. In recent weeks, they've cooled off a little, scoring 35.67 points per game in their last 3 games. While their defense has given up more points than usual in recent weeks, they deserve every bit as much of the credit for this season's successes as the offense. Over the course of the season, they've given up an average of 10.8 points per game, which ranks 7th in their division.