The Norwayne Bobcats are looking to mount a deep playoff run, which they hope will end in a state championship, beginning with a game they're projected to win 38-17 over the Seneca East Tigers. 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 Bobcats rank 11th in the division while the Tigers rank 14th. The teams did not appear on each other's schedules last season, which presents a degree of unpredictability. Stylistically and schematically, past matchups are often used as a guiding tool. This week, however, each team will likely take time to adjust to an unfamiliar opponent, which should make for some added excitement.
Norwayne comes into the game on a 3-game winning streak. After last week's 46-14 win against the Chippewa Chipps, they are 5-5 and look to continue the positive momentum. While the Bobcats 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 46.5, up from their season average of 27.2, which ranks 42nd in Division 6. They rank similarly on defense, coming in at 38th in their division, allowing 20.9 points per game. That number has generally gone up in recent weeks as they've given up an average of 14.33 points in their last 6 games.
Seneca East is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 3-game winning streak, including last week's 48-12 win against the Buckeye Central Bucks. That brings their record to 9-1 as they look to add another notch to the win column. Scoring an average of 37.7 points per game on offense, the Tigers rank 17th in Division 6. They've been even more dominant in recent weeks, scoring an average of 47.33 over their last 3 games. While their defense has given up more points than usual in recent weeks, they deserve every bit as much of the credit for this season's successes as the offense. Over the course of the season, they've given up an average of 14.1 points per game, which ranks 14th in their division.
Prediction: Norwayne to win (75.56% chance of victory)