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)