In the second round of the playoffs, the Anna Rockets come in with an edge over the Fairview Apaches on paper, projected to win by a score of 42-21. 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 2019 season with a loss. Anna comes in as Division 6's 7th-ranked team. Fairview comes in ranked 15th. 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 6-game winning streak, Anna comes into the week at 10-1. After their 47-21 win against the Minster Wildcats, they are confident in their ability to finish strong. The Rockets boasts one of the most high-powered offenses in the state and has been even stronger in their most recent contests. Scoring an average of 45.5 points per game, their offense ranks 12th in the state. Over their last 2 games, they've been even more impressive, scoring an average of 51.5 points per game. 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 13.1 points per game, which ranks 11th in their division.
For Fairview, Saturday is a chance to expand on a 10-game winning streak after their 29-27 win against the Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds brought their record to 10-1. The Apaches offense is one of the most high-powered in their division, particularly in recent weeks. For the year, they rank 14th in Division 6 with 38.6 points per game. Over the last 4 weeks, they've scored an average of 38.6. On defense, their last few weeks haven't even done justice to how good they've been all season. They've given up 13.5 points per game over their last 2, down from their average of 7.6, which ranks 2nd in their division on the season.
Prediction: Anna to win (72.16% chance of victory)