This week's matchup between the Bay Rockets and the Sandusky Blue Streaks should be one of the more competitive of the first round, the Rockets entering the week projected to win by a score of 29-24. 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. The Blue Streaks rank 33rd in the division while the Rockets rank 9th. A new matchup on the schedule for each team, Friday's game is a chance for each to test its skills and strategies against an unfamiliar opponent. Strategically, this might lead to complications that could throw off the gameplan of either team.
Sandusky hopes to build off of last week's 43-14 win against the Perkins Pirates and finish the season strong. The Blue Streaks offense is the 20th-ranked offense in Division 3, scoring an average of 32.3 points per game over the course of the season. In their last 5 games, however, they've cooled off, averaging 24.6 points per game. Their defense gives up an average of 19.5 points per game, ranking 40th in their division.
After a 14-13 win against the Valley Forge Patriots brought their record to 8-2, Bay will be looking to carry that momentum over and earn another victory. The Rockets have struggled on offense, scoring only 14 points per game over their last 2 games. On the year, they rank 50th in Division 3, scoring an average of 25.3 points per game over the course of the season. The defense hasn't been much better statistically, giving up an average of 15.1 points per game, which ranks 14th in their division.
Prediction: Bay to win (98.14% chance of victory)