In their third game of the 2019 playoffs, the Whitmer Panthers will play at home in the regional finals against the Dublin Coffman Shamrocks in what looks to be one of the most competitive matchups of the season. The Shamrocks come into the game as 1-point favorites, projected to come away with the victory by a score of 27-26. 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 Shamrocks, one of the top teams in Division 1, come into the game ranked 6th. The Panthers come in ranked 8th. Having matched up in 2018, there is a degree of familiarity between the two. In 2018, the Shamrocks defeated the Panthers by a score of 43-20.
Dublin Coffman comes into the game on a 3-game winning streak. After last week's 45-14 win against the Perrysburg Yellow Jackets, they are 9-2 and look to continue the positive momentum. The Shamrocks offense has been one of the best in the division, especially in recent weeks. For the year, they rank 13th in Division 1 with 33.3 points per game. Over the last 3 weeks, they've scored an average of 33.3. Nevertheless, the defense could actually be the true strength of the team, which they've shown in their most recent contests. Over the last 6 games, they've allowed only 11.83 points per game. However, success on defense isn't just a recent trend - on the season, their defense ranks 12th in their division, allowing 14.3 points per game.
Whitmer is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 4-game winning streak, including last week's 35-21 win against the Northmont Thunderbolts. That brings their record to 10-1 as they look to add another notch to the win column. The Panthers are undeniably one of Division 1's best offenses, averaging 36.9 points per game, which ranks 4th. In their last 4 games, they've been even better, scoring 40 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 15 points per game. However, success on defense isn't just a recent trend - on the season, their defense ranks 23rd in their division, allowing 18.3 points per game.
Prediction: Dublin Coffman to win (68.54% chance of victory)