The Waverly Tigers enter the first week of the playoffs against the Gallia Academy Blue Devils in a game they're projected to win by a score of 42-27. The playoffs are the best time of the year but also come with a great deal of drama as many powerhouses will even see their seasons cut short. Each week, it's do or die and, after this week is complete, half of the current playoff teams will be eliminated. The Blue Devils rank 28th in the division while the Tigers rank 16th. A new matchup on the schedule for each team, Sunday's game is a chance for each to test its skills and strategies against an unfamiliar opponent. Usually, matchups from the previous year are used in developing a strategy for upcoming games. For these two, no such opportunity will be afforded.
Gallia Academy hopes to build off of last week's 57-26 win against the South Point Pointers and finish the season strong. In recent weeks, the Blue Devils haven't been quite as successful producing points but they remain the 14th-ranked offense in Division 4, scoring an average of 35.3 points per game. On defense, they rank 26th in their division, giving up an average of 17.3 points per game.
Waverly will look to continue the momentum of their 2-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 27-14 win against the Oak Hill Oaks last week, bringing their record to 8-2. The Tigers rank 14th in Division 4 on offense, scoring an average of 35.3. However, over the last 3 weeks, their average is down to 31 points per game. Their defense gives up an average of 20.8 points per game, ranking 43rd in their division.
Prediction: Waverly to win (94.32% chance of victory)