In the opening round of the playoffs, the Marion Local Flyers come in with an edge over the Spencerville Bearcats on paper, projected to win by a score of 37-13. 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 Bearcats rank 8th in the division while the Flyers rank 1st. There is a certain degree of familiarity between the two teams after they faced off last season. Last year, the Flyers got the better of the Bearcats, winning by a score of 35-0.
Looking to build upon their 4-game winning streak, Spencerville comes into the week at 8-2. After their 54-0 win against the Jefferson Wildcats, they are confident in their ability to finish strong. Scoring an average of 38.9 points per game on offense, the Bearcats rank 10th in Division 6. They've been even more explosive in recent weeks, scoring an average of 44.83 over their last 6 games. Their defense ranks 34th in their division giving up an average of 18.3 points per game, but they've been improving with each game - over the last 3 weeks, they've allowed an average of 4.67 points.
Looking to rebound from a 26-20 loss against the Coldwater Cavaliers last week, Marion Local will try to establish momentum early and sustain it throughout. In recent weeks, the Flyers haven't been quite as explosive on offense but they remain the 11th-ranked offense in Division 6, scoring an average of 38.6 points per game. While recent games have affected averages negatively, their defense is one of the best as well. They rank 9th in their division, giving up an average of 10.8 points per game.
Prediction: Marion Local to win (99.98% chance of victory)