One of the most highly anticipated matchups of the regional finals comes between the Mogadore Wildcats and the Springfield Tigers, the Wildcats projected to win by a score of 30-23. 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. The Wildcats rank 2nd in the division while the Tigers rank 8th. A new game on the schedule for both teams, it should shape out as an unpredictable affair. Strategically, this might lead to complications that could throw off the gameplan of either team.
Mogadore is currently on a 8-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Saturday. Coming off of a 21-14 win against the Fort Frye Cadets, they are 11-1 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. The Wildcats offense has been one of the best in the division, especially in recent weeks. For the year, they rank 21st in Division 6 with 35.8 points per game. Over the last 8 weeks, they've scored an average of 35.8. Their defense allows an average of 18.6 points per game, which ranks 27th in their division.
Springfield will look to continue the momentum of their 12-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 20-19 win against the Trimble Tomcats last week, bringing their record to 12-0. In recent weeks, the Tigers haven't been quite as explosive on offense but they remain the 10th-ranked offense in Division 6, scoring an average of 41 points per game. On defense, their last few weeks haven't even done justice to how good they've been all season. They've given up 15.67 points per game over their last 3, down from their average of 11.5, which ranks 6th in their division on the season.
Prediction: Mogadore to win (50.71% chance of victory)