Anything can happen in the playoffs. This is why the Milford Eagles come into the first round expecting a victory over the Fairfield Indians, despite the fact the Indians are projected to win the game by a score of 38-21. 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 2018 season with a loss. The Indians rank 23rd in the division while the Eagles rank 35th. The teams did not appear on each other's schedules last season, which presents a degree of unpredictability. Strategically, this might lead to complications that could throw off the gameplan of either team.
Fairfield comes into the game on a 2-game losing streak, which they hope to put to an end on Friday. Their 24-21 loss against the Mason Comets last week brings their record to 7-3. The Indians offense is the 12th-ranked offense in Division 1, scoring an average of 34.1 points per game over the course of the season. In their last 2 games, however, they've cooled off, averaging 24 points per game. Their defense gives up an average of 18.1 points per game, ranking 32nd in their division.
For Milford, Friday is a chance to expand on a 2-game winning streak after their 33-7 win against the Turpin Spartans brought their record to 8-2. The Eagles offense is the 5th-ranked offense in Division 1, scoring an average of 38.5 points per game over the course of the season. In their last 2 games, however, they haven't been quite as explosive as they've averaged 28 points per game. Their defense allows an average of 20.2 points per game, which ranks 41st in their division.
Prediction: Fairfield to win (56.01% chance of victory)