Pleasant @ Orrville
Sunday, November 10, 2019
By Staff

One of the most highly anticipated matchups of the second round comes between the Pleasant Spartans and the Orrville Red Riders, the Spartans projected to win by a score of 36-29. The playoffs are an interesting time of year as 7 teams fulfill their most ambitious goal in winning a state championship while the other 217 playoff teams will end their season with a loss. This matchup is no different as the winner will continue their playoff run while the loser will end its 2019 season with a loss. Pleasant comes in as Division 5's 12th-ranked team. Orrville comes in ranked 6th. A new game on the schedule for both teams, it should shape out as an unpredictable affair. Usually, matchups from the previous year are used in developing a strategy for upcoming games. For these two, no such opportunity will be afforded.

Pleasant is currently on a 6-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Sunday. Coming off of a 7-6 win against the Lutheran East Falcons, they are 9-2 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. The Spartans offense is the 9th-ranked offense in Division 5, scoring an average of 40.5 points per game over the course of the season. In their last 2 games, however, they've cooled off, averaging 30.5 points per game. Their defense ranks 63rd in their division allowing an average of 26.1 points per game, but they have shown improvement in recent weeks - in their last 6 games, they've given up an average of 21.5 points.

For Orrville, Sunday is a chance to expand on a 2-game winning streak after their 34-13 win against the Elyria Catholic Panthers brought their record to 10-1. The Red Riders rank 17th in Division 5 on offense, scoring an average of 37.6. However, over the last 6 weeks, their average is down to 31.33 points per game. Their defense gives up an average of 18.7 points per game, ranking 28th in their division.

Prediction: Pleasant to win (93.48% chance of victory) 

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