The Adena Warriors begin this year's postseason with a major challenge as the Mechanicsburg Indians come into the game projected to win by a score of 38-11. 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. The Indians rank 10th in the division while the Warriors rank 39th. The teams did not appear on each other's schedules last season, which presents a degree of unpredictability. Stylistically and schematically, past matchups are often used as a guiding tool. This week, however, each team will likely take time to adjust to an unfamiliar opponent, which should make for some added excitement.
Last week, Mechanicsburg dropped a game 35-15 against the West Liberty-Salem Tigers. They'll look to get in the win column this week as they hope to finish out the season on a positive note. The Indians rank 11th in Division 6 on offense, scoring an average of 40.8. However, over the last 2 weeks, their average is down to 33.5 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 17.5 points per game over their last 2, down from their average of 9.4, which ranks 7th in their division on the season.
Coming off of a 66-37 loss against the Southeastern Panthers, Adena, hopes to build some momentum and rebound strongly with a win. While the Warriors haven't been the most high-powered offense throughout the season, they have been improving week to week. In the last 4 weeks, they've averaged 36.5, up from their season average of 30.5, which ranks 32nd in Division 6. Defensively, giving up 19.4 points per game, they rank 34th in the division.
Prediction: Mechanicsburg to win (96.15% chance of victory)