The first round matchup between the John F Kennedy Eagles and the Independence Blue Devils should be one of the more exciting matchups of the week. The Eagles come into the week projected to win by a score of 29-17. 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. The Eagles, one of the top teams in Division 7, come into the game ranked 9th. The Blue Devils come in ranked 21st. A new game on the schedule for both teams, it should shape out as an unpredictable affair. Strategically, this might lead to complications that could throw off the gameplan of either team.
John F Kennedy is currently on a 3-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Sunday. Coming off of a 21-10 win against the Villa-Angela St. Joseph Vikings, they are 7-3 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. The Eagles offense will look to continue to improve as they've scored an average of 35 points per game over their last 2 games, up from their season average of 26.6, which ranks 39th in Division 7. Their defense hasn't been much better throughout the course of the season, ranking 24th with an average of 17.6 points allowed per game. In recent weeks, they have improved, giving up an average of 8 points over their last 2 games.
Independence looks to rebound after a 31-7 loss against the Cuyahoga Heights Redskins last week, which brought their record to 7-3. The Blue Devils rank 24th in Division 7 on offense, scoring an average of 30. However, over the last 2 weeks, their average is down to 24.5 points per game. Their defense gives up an average of 22.5 points per game, which ranks 39th in their division - in their last 5 games, they've improved, giving up an average of 16.6 points.
Prediction: John F Kennedy to win (89.88% chance of victory)