This week's matchup between the Trotwood-Madison Rams and the Wapakoneta Redskins should be one of the more competitive of the first round, the Rams entering the week projected to win by a score of 28-22. It's do or die for each team as always in the postseason. Regardless of the outcome, each team can take comfort in the fact that they had a successful enough season to get here, but only one team will be satisfied with the result as the other's season will end on a loss. The Rams, one of the top teams in Division 3, come into the game ranked 1st. The Redskins come in ranked 7th. 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.
Trotwood-Madison has dropped each of their most recent 2 games and will look to reverse the negative momentum on Friday. They are currently 6-4 and come off of a 41-35 loss against the Wayne Warriors. The Rams offense has been one of the best in the division, especially in recent weeks. For the year, they rank 14th in Division 3 with 34.1 points per game. Over the last 6 weeks, they've scored an average of 34.1. On defense, they rank 36th in their division, giving up an average of 18.8 points per game.
Wapakoneta will look to continue the momentum of their 6-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 26-24 win against the Memorial Rough Riders last week, bringing their record to 9-1. The Redskins offense is the 14th-ranked offense in Division 3, scoring an average of 34.1 points per game over the course of the season. In their last 2 games, however, they haven't been quite as explosive as they've averaged 23.5 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 9.6 points per game, which ranks 4th in their division.
Prediction: Trotwood-Madison to win (87.09% chance of victory)