The Mayfield Wildcats enter the first week of the playoffs against the South Rebels in a game they're projected to win by a score of 33-17. 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. South comes in as Division 2's 50th-ranked team. Mayfield comes in ranked 12th. It's a chance for the Rebels to get revenge as, in their regular season matchup, the Wildcats won by a score of 37-13. Last season, they played as well, the Wildcats beating the Rebels 45-14.
South is currently on a 2-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Saturday. Coming off of a 27-21 win against the Riverside Beavers, they are 6-4 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. While the Rebels offense has not been particularly great, ranked 53rd in Division 2 with 23.8 points per game, they have improved in recent weeks, averaging 37 points over their last 2 contests. On the opposite side of the ball, they rank 46th in the division, allowing 23.8 points per game.
Mayfield will look to continue the momentum of their 10-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 24-21 win against the Kenston Bombers last week, bringing their record to 10-0. The Wildcats offense is the 20th-ranked offense in Division 2, scoring an average of 34 points per game over the course of the season. In their last 3 games, however, they haven't been quite as explosive as they've averaged 26.33 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 7 games, they've allowed only 10.14 points per game. However, success on defense isn't just a recent trend - on the season, their defense ranks 10th in their division, allowing 12.5 points per game.
Prediction: Mayfield to win (99.72% chance of victory)