This week's matchup between the Perry Commodores and the CCPA Lions should be one of the more competitive of the first round, the Commodores entering the week projected to win by a score of 31-27. 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. Perry comes in as Division 7's 32nd-ranked team. CCPA comes in ranked 56th. A new game on the schedule for both teams, it should shape out as an unpredictable affair. Strategically, this might lead to complications that could throw off the gameplan of either team.
Perry is currently on a 7-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Sunday. Coming off of a 30-24 win against the Lehman Catholic Cavaliers, they are 7-3 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. The Commodores offense has been one of the best in the division, especially in recent weeks. For the year, they rank 8th in Division 7 with 35.8 points per game. Over the last 4 weeks, they've scored an average of 35.8. Their defense ranks 47th in their division giving up an average of 23.2 points per game, but they've been improving with each game - over the last 6 weeks, they've allowed an average of 13.83 points.
CCPA will look to continue the momentum of their 4-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 42-8 win against the North College Hill Trojans last week, bringing their record to 8-2. The Lions 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 21.5 points - this season they've averaged 29.3, which ranks 29th in Division 7. While the defense hasn't been much better, they have improved lately - while they average 16.1 points allowed per game, which ranks 18th in their division, they've taken that average down to 4 points over the last 2 weeks.
Prediction: Perry to win (79.90% chance of victory)