Wadsworth @ Tri-Valley
Sunday, November 4, 2018
By HighSchoolBall.com Staff

One of the most highly anticipated matchups of the second round comes between the Wadsworth Grizzlies and the Tri-Valley Scotties, the Grizzlies projected to win by a score of 31-26. 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. Wadsworth comes in as Division 2's 6th-ranked team. Tri-Valley comes in ranked 7th. 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, Wadsworth comes into the week at 11-0. After their 42-38 win against the Wooster Generals, they are confident in their ability to finish strong. Scoring an average of 41 points per game on offense, the Grizzlies rank 8th in Division 2. They've been even more explosive in recent weeks, scoring an average of 41.14 over their last 7 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 14.2 points per game, which ranks 15th in their division.

Tri-Valley is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 3-game winning streak, including last week's 10-0 win against the Barberton Magics. That brings their record to 10-1 as they look to add another notch to the win column. In recent weeks, the Scotties haven't been quite as explosive on offense but they remain the 24th-ranked offense in Division 2, scoring an average of 34.5 points per game. On defense, they've been just as strong. Allowing just 7.8 points per game over the course of the season, their defense ranks 4th in their division. Over the last 2 weeks, they've been even more proficient, giving up just 0 points per game.

Prediction: Wadsworth to win (83.77% chance of victory) 

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