The postseason has arrived and the Zanesville Blue Devils enter their first round matchup against the Granville Blue Aces projected to win by a score of 29-20. 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 Devils rank 25th in the division while the Blue Aces rank 16th. A rematch from their game last season, this matchup will be a good gauge on how each team has improved or regressed. Last year, the Blue Aces got the better of the Blue Devils, winning by a score of 17-14.
Zanesville hopes to build off of last week's 52-28 win against the Marietta Tigers and finish the season strong. In recent weeks, the Blue Devils haven't been quite as successful producing points but they remain the 14th-ranked offense in Division 3, scoring an average of 35.7 points per game. Their defense gives up an average of 24.6 points per game, ranking 63rd in their division.
After a 35-14 win against the Watkins Memorial Warriors brought their record to 9-1, Granville will be looking to carry that momentum over and earn another victory. The Blue Aces offense hasn't been particularly great this season in terms of point production, a trend which continues into recent weeks. Over their last 2 games, they've scored an average of 23.5 points - this season they've averaged 31.3, which ranks 32nd in Division 3. Defensively, they haven't been the strongest either in terms of points allowed. They give up 8.5 points per game, ranking 5th in their division.
Prediction: Zanesville to win (91.34% chance of victory)