The postseason is in full force and the Anna Rockets enter their state semifinal matchup against the Mechanicsburg Indians projected to win by a score of 32-23. 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 Indians rank 9th in the division while the Rockets rank 4th. The teams did not appear on each other's schedules last season, which presents a degree of unpredictability. Stylistically and schematically, past matchups are often used as a guiding tool. This week, however, each team will likely take time to adjust to an unfamiliar opponent, which should make for some added excitement.
Mechanicsburg comes into the game on a 3-game winning streak. After last week's 42-26 win against the Covington Buccaneers, they are 11-2 and look to continue the positive momentum. The Indians rank 10th in Division 6 on offense, scoring an average of 40.8. However, over the last 4 weeks, their average is down to 34.25 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 18.75 points per game over their last 4, down from their average of 10.3, which ranks 3rd in their division on the season.
Anna will look to continue the momentum of their 8-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 42-7 win against the Archbold Blue Streaks last week, bringing their record to 12-1. The Rockets score an average of 45.8 points per game, which ranks 7th in the state offensively. In recent weeks, they've scored at an even more impressive rate, an average of 50 points over their last 7 games. On defense, their last few weeks haven't even done justice to how good they've been all season. They've given up 16.6 points per game over their last 5, down from their average of 13.2, which ranks 9th in their division on the season.
Prediction: Anna to win (90.36% chance of victory)