The Anna Rockets come into the regional finals projected to get a victory over the Archbold Blue Streaks by a score of 40-22. However, anything can happen in the playoffs so you can throw mathematical predictions out the window. 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. Archbold comes in as Division 6's 12th-ranked team. Anna comes in ranked 5th. 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.
Archbold is currently on a 6-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Saturday. Coming off of a 31-30 win against the Liberty Center Tigers, they are 11-1 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. In recent weeks, the Blue Streaks haven't been quite as successful producing points but they remain the 17th-ranked offense in Division 6, scoring an average of 36.6 points per game. While their defense has given up more points than usual in recent weeks, they deserve every bit as much of the credit for this season's successes as the offense. Over the course of the season, they've given up an average of 17.6 points per game, which ranks 24th in their division.
For Anna, Saturday is a chance to expand on a 7-game winning streak after their 54-20 win against the Fairview Apaches brought their record to 11-1. The Rockets have been one of the most prolific offenses in the state and even stronger in their most recent contests. Scoring an average of 46.2 points per game, their offense ranks 6th in the state. Over their last 3 games, they've been even more impressive, scoring an average of 52.33 points per game. On defense, their last few weeks haven't even done justice to how good they've been all season. They've given up 20.5 points per game over their last 2, down from their average of 13.7, which ranks 11th in their division on the season.
Prediction: Anna to win (97.15% chance of victory)