Worthington Christian @ Covington
Sunday, November 3, 2019
By HighSchoolBall.com Staff

In the playoffs, anything can happen. At least that's what the Worthington Christian Warriors are hoping as they come into Saturday as 40-point underdogs against the Covington Buccaneers. 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. The Warriors, one of the top teams in Division 6, come into the game ranked 57th. The Buccaneers come in ranked 19th. 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. Usually, matchups from the previous year are used in developing a strategy for upcoming games. For these two, no such opportunity will be afforded.

Worthington Christian is currently on a 5-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Saturday. Coming off of a 53-14 win against the KIPP Columbus Jaguars, they are 8-2 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. While the Warriors offense has not been particularly great, ranked 29th in Division 6 with 32.3 points per game, they have improved in recent weeks, averaging 47 points over their last 2 contests. They aren't a top defense in terms of points allowed either, but they have given up less points in recent weeks. While they rank 32nd in their division on the season with 19.2 points allowed per game, they've given up an improved average of 7 points over their last 2 games.

Covington is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 6-game winning streak, including last week's 47-6 win against the Bethel Bees. That brings their record to 8-2 as they look to add another notch to the win column. Thus far, the Buccaneers offense has averaged 45.8 points per game offensively, which ranks 13th in the state. In recent weeks, they've been even more powerful, scoring an average of 63.25 points per game over the last 4 weeks. While their offense is extremely productive, the defense is what allows them to win games by such substantial margins. Giving up just 9.1 points per game, they rank 24th in the state. In their last 4 games, they've been even more stout, giving up an average of 3 points.

Prediction: Covington to win (99.82% chance of victory) 

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