In the playoffs, anything can happen. At least that's what the Milford Eagles are hoping as they come into Saturday as 41-point underdogs against the Colerain Cardinals. 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 Eagles, one of the top teams in Division 1, come into the game ranked 30th. The Cardinals come in ranked 1st. 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. Stylistically and schematically, past matchups are often used as a guiding tool. This week, however, each team will likely take time to adjust to an unfamiliar opponent, which should make for some added excitement.
Milford comes into the game on a 3-game winning streak. After last week's 39-35 win against the Fairfield Indians, they are 9-2 and look to continue the positive momentum. In recent weeks, the Eagles haven't been quite as successful producing points but they remain the 4th-ranked offense in Division 1, scoring an average of 38.5 points per game. On defense, they rank 45th in their division, giving up an average of 21.5 points per game.
Colerain will look to continue the momentum of their 11-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 35-9 win against the St. Xavier Bombers last week, bringing their record to 11-0. The Cardinals are undeniably one of Division 1's best offenses, averaging 40.4 points per game, which ranks 2nd. In their last 3 games, they've been even better, scoring 46.33 points per game. Nevertheless, the defense could actually be the true strength of the team, which they've shown in their most recent contests. Over the last 2 games, they've allowed only 4.5 points per game. However, success on defense isn't just a recent trend - on the season, their defense ranks 1st in their division, allowing 7.5 points per game.
Prediction: Colerain to win (99.99% chance of victory)