In the first playoff matchup of the year for the Mogadore Wildcats, they are projected to come away with a 30-22 win over the Brookfield Warriors. However, it should be one of the more hotly contested matchups of the round and all statistical predictions could easily go out the window. 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 Warriors, one of the top teams in Division 6, come into the game ranked 23rd. The Wildcats come in ranked 3rd. A new matchup on the schedule for each team, Saturday's game is a chance for each to test its skills and strategies against an unfamiliar opponent. 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.
Brookfield comes into the game on a 3-game winning streak. After last week's 33-0 win against the Champion Golden Flashes, they are 8-2 and look to continue the positive momentum. Scoring an average of 40.4 points per game on offense, the Warriors rank 13th in Division 6. They've been even more explosive in recent weeks, scoring an average of 43.33 over their last 3 games. Their defense ranks 27th in their division giving up an average of 17.8 points per game, but they've been improving with each game - over the last 2 weeks, they've allowed an average of 3.5 points.
Mogadore will look to continue the momentum of their 6-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 45-24 win against the Crestwood Red Devils last week, bringing their record to 9-1. The Wildcats are undeniably one of Division 6's best offenses, averaging 35.9 points per game, which ranks 21st. In their last 6 games, they've been even better, scoring 40.67 points per game. Their defense ranks 28th in their division allowing an average of 18.1 points per game, but they have shown improvement in recent weeks - in their last 5 games, they've given up an average of 15.4 points.
Prediction: Mogadore to win (99.71% chance of victory)