The Mogadore Wildcats come into the second round of the playoffs projected to get a victory over the Fort Frye Cadets by a score of 37-20. However, anything can happen in the playoffs so you can throw mathematical predictions out the window. 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 Cadets, one of the top teams in Division 6, come into the game ranked 5th. 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. Strategically, this might lead to complications that could throw off the gameplan of either team.
Looking to build upon their 11-game winning streak, Fort Frye comes into the week at 11-0. After their 48-39 win against the Dalton Bulldogs, they are confident in their ability to finish strong. The Cadets score an average of 48.8 points per game, which ranks 5th in the state offensively. In recent weeks, they've been even more proficient, scoring an average of 58.5 points per game over their last 2 games. While their defense has given up more points than usual in recent weeks, they deserve every bit as much of the credit for this season's successes as the offense. Over the course of the season, they've given up an average of 11.6 points per game, which ranks 9th in their division.
Mogadore is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 7-game winning streak, including last week's 49-28 win against the Brookfield Warriors. That brings their record to 10-1 as they look to add another notch to the win column. The Wildcats offense is one of the most high-powered in their division, particularly in recent weeks. For the year, they rank 17th in Division 6 with 37.1 points per game. Over the last 2 weeks, they've scored an average of 37.1. Their defense allows an average of 19 points per game, which ranks 28th in their division.
Prediction: Mogadore to win (90.94% chance of victory)