Buckeye @ Kenston
Sunday, November 4, 2018
By HighSchoolBall.com Staff

Anything can happen in the playoffs. This is why the Buckeye Bucks come into the second round expecting a victory over the Kenston Bombers, despite the fact the Bombers are projected to win the game by a score of 39-20. 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 Bucks, one of the top teams in Division 3, come into the game ranked 11th. The Bombers come in ranked 8th. 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. Usually, matchups from the previous year are used in developing a strategy for upcoming games. For these two, no such opportunity will be afforded.

Buckeye is currently on a 10-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Saturday. Coming off of a 28-25 win against the Alliance Aviators, they are 10-1 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. The Bucks offense has been one of the best in the division, especially in recent weeks. For the year, they rank 11th in Division 3 with 34.9 points per game. Over the last 6 weeks, they've scored an average of 34.9. While recent games have affected averages negatively, their defense is one of the best as well. They rank 18th in their division, giving up an average of 16.4 points per game.

For Kenston, Saturday is a chance to expand on a 2-game winning streak after their 48-34 win against the West Holmes Knights brought their record to 10-1. In recent weeks, the Bombers haven't been quite as explosive on offense but they remain the 3rd-ranked offense in Division 3, scoring an average of 40.9 points per game. On defense, they rank 36th in their division, giving up an average of 19.1 points per game.

Prediction: Kenston to win (90.02% chance of victory) 

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