The Ironton Fighting Tigers are looking to mount a deep playoff run, which they hope will end in a state championship, beginning with a game they're projected to win 37-15 over the Wellston Golden Rockets. 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. Wellston comes in as Division 5's 53rd-ranked team. Ironton comes in ranked 12th. 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.
Wellston will look to rebound this week after their Vinton County Vikings in their last game. Particularly in recent weeks, the Golden Rockets offense has struggled to put points on the board. In their last 3 games, they've put up an average of 20 points per game. Throughout the course of the season, they've averaged 26.6, which ranks 53rd in Division 5. Defensively, they haven't been the strongest either in terms of points allowed. They give up 15.4 points per game, ranking 14th in their division.
For Ironton, Sunday is a chance to expand on a 6-game winning streak after their 48-7 win against the Portsmouth Trojans brought their record to 9-1. The Fighting Tigers offense is one of the most high-powered in their division, particularly in recent weeks. For the year, they rank 16th in Division 5 with 38.2 points per game. Over the last 2 weeks, they've scored an average of 38.2. While their offense is solid, the defense deserves equal credit for the season's successes. Their 5.6 points allowed per game ranks 2nd in the division and continues to get better week by week - in their last 2 games, they've given up just 3.5 points per game.
Prediction: Ironton to win (99.71% chance of victory)