Meadowbrook @ Johnstown-Monroe
Sunday, November 11, 2018
By Staff

The Johnstown-Monroe Johnies come into the regional finals projected to get a victory over the Meadowbrook Colts by a score of 38-19. 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. Meadowbrook comes in as Division 5's 20th-ranked team. Johnstown-Monroe 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.

Meadowbrook comes into the game on a 7-game winning streak. After last week's 50-25 win against the Ridgewood Generals, they are 9-3 and look to continue the positive momentum. Scoring an average of 38.5 points per game on offense, the Colts rank 9th in Division 5. They've been even more explosive in recent weeks, scoring an average of 56 over their last 2 games. Their defense ranks 28th in their division allowing an average of 19.9 points per game, but they have shown improvement in recent weeks - in their last 7 games, they've given up an average of 13.71 points.

Johnstown-Monroe will look to continue the momentum of their 8-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 35-7 win against the Bellaire Big Reds last week, bringing their record to 11-1. The Johnies offense is the 21st-ranked offense in Division 5, scoring an average of 34.4 points per game over the course of the season. In their last 2 games, however, they haven't been quite as explosive as they've averaged 25 points per game. Nevertheless, the defense could actually be the true strength of the team, which they've shown in their most recent contests. Over the last 3 games, they've allowed only 4.67 points per game. However, success on defense isn't just a recent trend - on the season, their defense ranks 3rd in their division, allowing 9.9 points per game.

Prediction: Johnstown-Monroe to win (99.69% chance of victory) 

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