Anything can happen in the playoffs. This is why the Waterford Wildcats come into the second round expecting a victory over the Harvest Prep Warriors, despite the fact the Warriors are projected to win the game by a score of 36-18. 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 Wildcats rank 18th in the division while the Warriors rank 7th. 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.
Looking to build upon their 5-game winning streak, Waterford comes into the week at 9-2. After their 48-30 win against the Shenandoah Zeps, they are confident in their ability to finish strong. While the Wildcats offense has not been particularly great, ranked 38th in Division 7 with 26.8 points per game, they have improved in recent weeks, averaging 37 points over their last 2 contests. While the defense hasn't been much better, they have improved lately - while they average 18.2 points allowed per game, which ranks 23rd in their division, they've taken that average down to 14.5 points over the last 4 weeks.
Harvest Prep is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 10-game winning streak, including last week's 37-7 win against the Fisher Catholic Irish. That brings their record to 10-1 as they look to add another notch to the win column. In recent weeks, the Warriors haven't been quite as explosive on offense but they remain the 17th-ranked offense in Division 7, scoring an average of 32 points per game. While recent games have affected averages negatively, their defense is one of the best as well. They rank 5th in their division, giving up an average of 11.1 points per game.
Prediction: Harvest Prep to win (99.20% chance of victory)