The state semifinals offer some of the best matchups as teams in close proximity look to claim superiority over their area in the division. On Saturday, the Kenston Bombers come in projected to beat the Eastmoor Academy Warriors by a score of 34-28. 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 Bombers, one of the top teams in Division 3, come into the game ranked 6th. The Warriors come in ranked 12th. 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.
Kenston is currently on a 4-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Saturday. Coming off of a 33-7 win against the Canfield Cardinals, they are 12-1 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. The Bombers offense is the 3rd-ranked offense in Division 3, scoring an average of 40.2 points per game over the course of the season. In their last 6 games, however, they've cooled off, averaging 35.5 points per game. Their defense ranks 30th in their division giving up an average of 18.3 points per game, but they've been improving with each game - over the last 2 weeks, they've allowed an average of 14 points.
Eastmoor Academy will look to continue the momentum of their 10-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 20-14 win against the Sheridan Generals last week, bringing their record to 12-1. The Warriors rank 1st in Division 3 on offense, scoring an average of 41.5. However, over the last 2 weeks, their average is down to 19.5 points per game. On defense, their last few weeks haven't even done justice to how good they've been all season. They've given up 14 points per game over their last 2, down from their average of 12.9, which ranks 7th in their division on the season.
Prediction: Kenston to win (52.22% chance of victory)