This week's matchup between the Cuyahoga Heights Redskins and the John F Kennedy Eagles should be one of the more competitive of the regional finals, the Redskins entering the week projected to win by a score of 27-21. 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 2018 season with a loss. The Eagles, one of the top teams in Division 7, come into the game ranked 18th. The Redskins come in ranked 1st. There is a certain degree of familiarity between the two teams after they faced off last season. Last season, the Redskins beat the Eagles 40-12.
John F Kennedy comes into the game on a 4-game winning streak. After last week's 42-34 win against the Mapleton Mounties, they are 7-5 and look to continue the positive momentum. While the Eagles haven't been the most high-powered offense throughout the season, they have been improving week to week. In the last 3 weeks, they've averaged 41.33, up from their season average of 26.1, which ranks 36th in Division 7. They rank similarly on defense, coming in at 59th in their division, allowing 25.8 points per game. That number has generally gone up in recent weeks as they've given up an average of 11.71 points in their last 7 games.
Cuyahoga Heights is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 6-game winning streak, including last week's 21-6 win against the East Canton Hornets. That brings their record to 10-2 as they look to add another notch to the win column. The Redskins are undeniably one of Division 7's best offenses, averaging 31.2 points per game, which ranks 21st. In their last 6 games, they've been even better, scoring 34.67 points per game. On defense, they've been just as strong. Allowing just 18.2 points per game over the course of the season, their defense ranks 21st in their division. Over the last 5 weeks, they've been even more proficient, giving up just 6.2 points per game.
Prediction: Cuyahoga Heights to win (99.85% chance of victory)