The John F Kennedy Eagles come into the second round of the playoffs projected to get a victory over the Mapleton Mounties by a score of 35-21. However, anything can happen in the playoffs so you can throw mathematical predictions out the window. 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 Mounties, one of the top teams in Division 7, come into the game ranked 24th. The Eagles come in ranked 19th. 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. Strategically, this might lead to complications that could throw off the gameplan of either team.
Looking to build upon their 3-game winning streak, Mapleton comes into the week at 8-3. After their 47-28 win against the Valley Christian Eagles, they are confident in their ability to finish strong. The Mounties offense has been one of the best in the division, especially in recent weeks. For the year, they rank 15th in Division 7 with 34.8 points per game. Over the last 2 weeks, they've scored an average of 34.8. Their defense gives up an average of 26.6 points per game, which ranks 63rd in their division - in their last 3 games, they've improved, giving up an average of 13.67 points.
John F Kennedy will look to continue the momentum of their 3-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 35-12 win against the Windham Bombers last week, bringing their record to 6-5. While the Eagles haven't been the most high-powered offense throughout the season, they have been improving week to week. In the last 2 weeks, they've averaged 41, up from their season average of 24.6, which ranks 42nd in Division 7. They've played at a simiar level on defense, ranking 55th in their division, giving up 25.1 points per game. Over their last 6 games, however, they have made progress, giving up an average of 8 points per game.
Prediction: John F Kennedy to win (91.34% chance of victory)