This week, the battle between the McComb Panthers and the Trimble Tomcats is one of the most competitive matchups we've seen in a long time in terms of state championship games. The Panthers come into the game projected to win by a score of 27-22 as the Tomcats look to prove they are, indeed, the best team in the state for Division 7. 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 Tomcats, one of the top teams in Division 7, come into the game ranked 5th. The Panthers 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. Usually, matchups from the previous year are used in developing a strategy for upcoming games. For these two, no such opportunity will be afforded.
Trimble is currently on a 9-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Saturday. Coming off of a 47-21 win against the Cuyahoga Heights Redskins, they are 13-1 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. The Tomcats rank 8th in Division 7 on offense, scoring an average of 38.2. However, over the last 3 weeks, their average is down to 25 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 17.5 points per game over their last 2, down from their average of 5.4, which ranks 1st in their division on the season.
McComb will look to continue the momentum of their 7-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 28-14 win against the Fort Loramie Redskins last week, bringing their record to 13-1. The Panthers rank 3rd in Division 7 on offense, scoring an average of 41.1. However, over the last 3 weeks, their average is down to 28.33 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 17.2 points per game over their last 5, down from their average of 13.4, which ranks 10th in their division on the season.
Prediction: McComb to win (93.60% chance of victory)