The Cuyahoga Heights Redskins enter the regional finals against the Lucas Cubs in a game they're projected to win by a score of 35-18. 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. Lucas comes in as Division 7's 10th-ranked team. Cuyahoga Heights comes in ranked 2nd. 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.
Lucas comes into the game on a 2-game winning streak. After last week's 35-21 win against the St. Thomas Aquinas Knights, they are 10-2 and look to continue the positive momentum. The Cubs rank 14th in Division 7 on offense, scoring an average of 32.6. However, over the last 3 weeks, their average is down to 21 points per game. While recent games have affected averages negatively, their defense is one of the best as well. They rank 5th in their division, giving up an average of 12.1 points per game.
Cuyahoga Heights will look to continue the momentum of their 8-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 33-14 win against the John F Kennedy Eagles last week, bringing their record to 10-1. Scoring an average of 36.6 points per game on offense, the Redskins rank 7th in Division 7. They've been even more dominant in recent weeks, scoring an average of 41 over their last 2 games. On defense, their last few weeks haven't even done justice to how good they've been all season. They've given up 10 points per game over their last 2, down from their average of 7.9, which ranks 2nd in their division on the season.
Prediction: Cuyahoga Heights to win (99.48% chance of victory)