In the second playoff matchup of the year for the Colerain Cardinals, they are projected to come away with a 29-18 win over the Fairfield Indians. However, it should be one of the more hotly contested matchups of the round and all statistical predictions could easily go out the window. 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. Colerain comes in as Division 1's 1st-ranked team. Fairfield comes in ranked 10th. A rematch from earlier in the season, look for this to be one of the more emotional battles of the week. In the regular season, the Cardinals won 16-10 so the Indians will be looking for revenge. Last season, they played as well, the Cardinals beating the Indians 55-27.
Colerain is currently on a 9-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Saturday. Coming off of a 30-7 win against the Princeton Vikings, they are 10-1 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. The Cardinals have struggled on offense, scoring only 23 points per game over their last 2 games. On the year, they rank 28th in Division 1, scoring an average of 28 points per game over the course of the season. On defense, they're not much better statistically. They rank 9th in their division, allowing 12.7 points per game. However, they have improved as the season's gone on, giving up an average of 6.67 points over their last 3.
Fairfield tallied up a 37-13 win against the Hamilton Big Blue last week, bringing their record to 10-1 - they'll look to add to the win column once again on Saturday. In recent weeks, the Indians haven't been quite as explosive on offense but they remain the 17th-ranked offense in Division 1, scoring an average of 31.6 points per game. 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 4th in their division.