The Harvest Prep Warriors enter the first week of the playoffs against the Fisher Catholic Irish in a game they're projected to win by a score of 38-19. 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. Fisher Catholic comes in as Division 7's 29th-ranked team. Harvest Prep comes in ranked 6th. The teams have played each other in each of the last five years so neither is likely to surprise the other. Over their last 5 matchups, the Warriors have won 5, a trend they hope to continue. In the most recent season's matchup, the Warriors proved superior, winning 12-0.
Fisher Catholic is currently on a 2-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Sunday. Coming off of a 62-32 win against the Troy Christian Eagles, they are 8-2 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. The Irish score an average of 44.9 points per game, which ranks 18th in the state offensively. In recent weeks, they've been even more proficient, scoring an average of 63 points per game over their last 2 games. While recent games have affected averages negatively, their defense is one of the best as well. They rank 16th in their division, giving up an average of 15.9 points per game.
Harvest Prep will look to continue the momentum of their 9-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 21-14 win against the Liberty Union Lions last week, bringing their record to 9-1. In recent weeks, the Warriors haven't been quite as explosive on offense but they remain the 18th-ranked offense in Division 7, scoring an average of 31.5 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 11.5 points per game, which ranks 8th in their division.
Prediction: Harvest Prep to win (99.85% chance of victory)