One of the most highly anticipated matchups of the regional finals comes between the Kirtland Hornets and the Mogadore Wildcats, the Hornets projected to win by a score of 27-20. 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 2018 season with a loss. The Hornets rank 2nd in the division while the Wildcats rank 4th. There is a certain degree of familiarity between the two teams after they faced off last season. Last season, the Hornets beat the Wildcats 34-28.
Kirtland is currently on a 12-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Saturday. Coming off of a 35-0 win against the Norwayne Bobcats, they are 12-0 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. The Hornets offense has been one of the best in the division, especially in recent weeks. For the year, they rank 6th in Division 6 with 41.9 points per game. Over the last 2 weeks, they've scored an average of 41.9. On defense, they've been just as strong. Allowing just 2.7 points per game over the course of the season, their defense ranks 1st in their division. Over the last 2 weeks, they've been even more proficient, giving up just 0 points per game.
For Mogadore, Saturday is a chance to expand on a 9-game winning streak after their 28-7 win against the McDonald Blue Devils brought their record to 11-1. The Wildcats rank 14th in Division 6 on offense, scoring an average of 36.6. However, over the last 3 weeks, their average is down to 30.33 points per game. Their defense ranks 38th in their division allowing an average of 19.8 points per game, but they have shown improvement in recent weeks - in their last 2 games, they've given up an average of 3.5 points.
Prediction: Kirtland to win (87.22% chance of victory)