The Covington Buccaneers are looking to mount a deep playoff run, which they hope will end in a state championship, continuing after last week's win with a game they're projected to win 42-20 over the Southeastern Panthers. 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. The Buccaneers, one of the top teams in Division 6, come into the game ranked 18th. The Panthers come in ranked 27th. A new matchup on the schedule for each team, Saturday's game is a chance for each to test its skills and strategies against an unfamiliar opponent. Strategically, this might lead to complications that could throw off the gameplan of either team.
Looking to build upon their 7-game winning streak, Covington comes into the week at 9-2. After their 33-27 win against the Worthington Christian Warriors, they are confident in their ability to finish strong. Thus far, the Buccaneers offense has put up an average of 44.6 points per game, which ranks 15th in the state. In recent weeks, they've been even more powerful, scoring an average of 57.2 points per game over the last 5 weeks. 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 10.7 points per game, which ranks 6th in their division.
Southeastern is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 11-game winning streak, including last week's 40-3 win against the Dayton Christian Warriors. That brings their record to 11-0 as they look to add another notch to the win column. The Panthers score an average of 46.4 points per game, which ranks 9th in the state offensively. In recent weeks, they've scored at an even more impressive rate, an average of 53 points over their last 2 games. Their defense gives up an average of 18.9 points per game, ranking 27th in their division.