The Mansfield Senior Tygers come into the regional finals projected to get a victory over the Sandusky Blue Streaks by a score of 36-22. However, anything can happen in the playoffs so you can throw mathematical predictions out the window. The playoffs are the best time of the year but also come with a great deal of drama as many powerhouses will even see their seasons cut short. Each week, it's do or die and, after this week is complete, half of the current playoff teams will be eliminated. Mansfield Senior comes in as Division 3's 17th-ranked team. Sandusky comes in ranked 26th. A rematch from earlier in the season, look for this to be one of the more emotional battles of the week. In the regular season, the Tygers won 21-14 so the Blue Streaks will be looking for revenge. This week is all that matters for either team, as one team will prolong its season and continue a playoff run while the other will hang up their cleats as their season will come to an end.
Mansfield Senior is currently on a 4-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Saturday. Coming off of a 45-30 win against the Holy Name Green Wave, they are 11-1 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. The Tygers offense has been one of the best in the division, especially in recent weeks. For the year, they rank 16th in Division 3 with 34.2 points per game. Over the last 3 weeks, they've scored an average of 34.2. 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 10.1 points per game, which ranks 6th in their division.
Sandusky is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 3-game winning streak, including last week's 31-15 win against the Norwalk Truckers. That brings their record to 9-3 as they look to add another notch to the win column. The Blue Streaks rank 24th in Division 3 on offense, scoring an average of 32.5. However, over the last 2 weeks, their average is down to 25.5 points per game. Their defense ranks 46th in their division allowing an average of 22.2 points per game, but they have shown improvement in recent weeks - in their last 3 games, they've given up an average of 14.33 points.
Prediction: Mansfield Senior to win (54.47% chance of victory)