The Hilliard Davidson Wildcats are looking to mount a deep playoff run, which they hope will end in a state championship, continuing after last week's win with a game they're projected to win 31-11 over the Springfield Wildcats. 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. Springfield comes in as Division 1's 31st-ranked team. Hilliard Davidson comes in ranked 11th. A new game on the schedule for both teams, it should shape out as an unpredictable affair. Usually, matchups from the previous year are used in developing a strategy for upcoming games. For these two, no such opportunity will be afforded.
Springfield is 9-2 after their 19-14 win against the Fairmont Firebirds last week. This week, they look to build on that victory on the way to what they hope will be a strong finish to the season. The Wildcats have struggled on offense, scoring only 13 points per game over their last 2 games. On the year, they rank 42nd in Division 1, scoring an average of 22.7 points per game over the course of the season. The defense hasn't been much better statistically, giving up an average of 13.1 points per game, which ranks 8th in their division.
For Hilliard Davidson, Saturday is a chance to expand on a 6-game winning streak after their 28-21 win against the Wayne Warriors brought their record to 10-1. While the Wildcats haven't been the most high-powered offense throughout the season, they have been improving week to week. In the last 2 weeks, they've averaged 38.5, up from their season average of 25, which ranks 34th in Division 1. On defense, they haven't been any better statistically, ranking 3rd in their division, allowing 9.4 points per game.
Prediction: Hilliard Davidson to win (98.44% chance of victory)