The Summit Country Day Silver Knights begin this year's postseason with a major challenge as the West Jefferson Roughriders come into the game projected to win by a score of 38-17. 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. Summit Country Day comes in as Division 5's 46th-ranked team. West Jefferson comes in ranked 10th. A new game on the schedule for both teams, it should shape out as an unpredictable affair. 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.
Summit Country Day has dropped each of their most recent 2 games and will look to reverse the negative momentum on Sunday. They are currently 8-2 and come off of a 49-20 loss against the Roger Bacon Spartans. The Silver Knights have struggled on offense, scoring only 20 points per game over their last 2 games. On the year, they rank 41st in Division 5, scoring an average of 29.5 points per game over the course of the season. Defensively, they haven't been the strongest either in terms of points allowed. They give up 17.7 points per game, ranking 24th in their division.
West Jefferson will look to continue the momentum of their 2-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 58-32 win against the Fairbanks Panthers last week, bringing their record to 9-1. Thus far, the Roughriders offense has averaged 49.5 points per game offensively, which ranks 3rd in the state. In recent weeks, they've been even more powerful, scoring an average of 59.5 points per game over the last 2 weeks. Their defense allows an average of 20.7 points per game, which ranks 39th in their division.
Prediction: West Jefferson to win (99.48% chance of victory)