The Wooster Generals begin this year's postseason with a major challenge as the Avon Eagles come into the game projected to win by a score of 40-19. 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 Generals rank 27th in the division while the Eagles rank 4th. A new matchup on the schedule for each team, Saturday'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.
Looking to build upon their 7-game winning streak, Wooster comes into the week at 7-3. After their 37-16 win against the Ashland Arrows, they are confident in their ability to finish strong. While the Generals offense has not been particularly great, ranked 27th in Division 2 with 31.3 points per game, they have improved in recent weeks, averaging 36.14 points over their last 7 contests. On defense, they'll also be looking for improvement, which they have shown signs of in recent weeks. Over their last 2 games, they've allowed an average of 8 points, an improvement over their 30th-ranked season average of 20.7.
Avon is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 10-game winning streak, including last week's 49-21 win against the Amherst Steele Comets. That brings their record to 10-0 as they look to add another notch to the win column. The Eagles rank 5th in Division 2 on offense, scoring an average of 42.4. However, over the last 2 weeks, their average is down to 36.5 points per game. While recent games have affected averages negatively, their defense is one of the best as well. They rank 8th in their division, giving up an average of 12.1 points per game.
Prediction: Avon to win (99.95% chance of victory)