The Portsmouth West Senators begin this year's postseason with a major challenge as the Wheelersburg Pirates come into the game projected to win by a score of 37-11. 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 Senators, one of the top teams in Division 5, come into the game ranked 24th. The Pirates come in ranked 1st. It's a chance for the Senators to get revenge as, in their regular season matchup, the Pirates won by a score of 28-7. They also played last season, a matchup in which the Pirates got the better of the Senators, winning by a score of 41-7.
Portsmouth West looks to get back on track this week as they come in on a 3-game losing streak. They are currently 6-4 after a 28-7 loss against the Wheelersburg Pirates last week. Particularly in recent weeks, the Senators offense has struggled to put points on the board. In their last 2 games, they've put up an average of 18.5 points per game. Throughout the course of the season, they've averaged 24.4, which ranks 56th in Division 5. On defense, they haven't been any better statistically, ranking 23rd in their division, allowing 16.9 points per game.
Wheelersburg will look to continue the momentum of their 8-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 28-7 win against the Portsmouth West Senators last week, bringing their record to 9-1. Scoring an average of 35 points per game on offense, the Pirates rank 20th in Division 5. They've been even more dominant in recent weeks, scoring an average of 40.75 over their last 4 games. While their offense is solid, the defense deserves equal credit for the season's successes. Their 9 points allowed per game ranks 3rd in the division and continues to get better week by week - in their last 4 games, they've given up just 3.25 points per game.
Prediction: Wheelersburg to win (99.99% chance of victory)