In the playoffs, there are usually a few games in each division each week that serve as a preview to the rest of the excitement we'll see as we approach the state championships. This week's regional final matchup between the Poland Seminary Bulldogs and the Perry Pirates looks to be one of those games as the Pirates comes into the game as 2-point favorites in what essentially amounts to a toss-up. The playoffs are an interesting time of year as 7 teams fulfill their most ambitious goal in winning a state championship while the other 217 playoff teams will end their season with a loss. This matchup is no different as the winner will continue their playoff run while the loser will end its 2019 season with a loss. The Bulldogs rank 7th in the division while the Pirates rank 2nd. A new game on the schedule for both teams, it should shape out as an unpredictable affair. Usually, matchups from the previous year are used in developing a strategy for upcoming games. For these two, no such opportunity will be afforded.
Poland Seminary is currently on a 9-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Sunday. Coming off of a 35-0 win against the Indian Creek Redskins, they are 10-2 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. In recent weeks, the Bulldogs haven't been quite as successful producing points but they remain the 25th-ranked offense in Division 4, scoring an average of 31.8 points per game. On defense, they've been just as strong. Allowing just 9.3 points per game over the course of the season, their defense ranks 2nd in their division. Over the last 2 weeks, they've been even more proficient, giving up just 0 points per game.
For Perry, Sunday is a chance to expand on a 12-game winning streak after their 37-14 win against the CVCA Royals brought their record to 12-0. The Pirates are consistently explosive on offense, ranking 3rd with 49.2. However, they have come back towards earth lately, averaging 42.25 points per game over the last 4 weeks. Their defense gives up an average of 18.2 points per game, which ranks 26th in their division - in their last 4 games, they've improved, giving up an average of 8.75 points.
Prediction: Perry to win (99.41% chance of victory)