In the first round of the playoffs, there are usually a few games in each division that serve as a preview to the rest of the excitement we'll see as we approach the state championships. This week's matchup between the Perrysburg Yellow Jackets and the Dublin Coffman Shamrocks looks to be one of those games as the Shamrocks comes into the game as 3-point favorites in what essentially amounts to a toss-up. 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 Yellow Jackets, one of the top teams in Division 1, come into the game ranked 26th. The Shamrocks come in ranked 6th. Having matched up in 2018, there is a degree of familiarity between the two. Last season, the Shamrocks beat the Yellow Jackets 42-21.
Perrysburg is currently on a 5-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Saturday. Coming off of a 56-8 win against the Maumee Panthers, they are 8-2 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. Scoring an average of 39 points per game on offense, the Yellow Jackets rank 2nd in Division 1. They've been even more explosive in recent weeks, scoring an average of 52.5 over their last 2 games. Their defense ranks 27th in their division allowing an average of 18.6 points per game, but they have shown improvement in recent weeks - in their last 3 games, they've given up an average of 9.67 points.
For Dublin Coffman, Saturday is a chance to expand on a 2-game winning streak after their 28-14 win against the Upper Arlington Golden Bears brought their record to 8-2. The Shamrocks are undeniably one of Division 1's best offenses, averaging 32.1 points per game, which ranks 17th. In their last 2 games, they've been even better, scoring 36 points per game. Nevertheless, the defense could actually be the true strength of the team, which they've shown in their most recent contests. Over the last 5 games, they've allowed only 11.4 points per game. However, success on defense isn't just a recent trend - on the season, their defense ranks 16th in their division, allowing 14.3 points per game.
Prediction: Dublin Coffman to win (99.06% chance of victory)