The playoffs are here and, in the first round, comes what could turn out to be one of the best matchups of the entire season. The Edgerton Bulldogs have earned homefield advantage and will face one of their biggest challenges of the year in the St. Paul Flyers. The Bulldogs are projected to win the game 30-29 but nobody truly knows what's in store for Saturday's game. The playoffs are the best time of the year but also come with a great deal of drama as many powerhouses will even see their seasons cut short. Each week, it's do or die and, after this week is complete, half of the current playoff teams will be eliminated. The Flyers rank 1st in the division while the Bulldogs rank 7th. The teams did not appear on each other's schedules last season, which presents a degree of unpredictability. Usually, matchups from the previous year are used in developing a strategy for upcoming games. For these two, no such opportunity will be afforded.
St. Paul is currently on a 7-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Saturday. Coming off of a 37-7 win against the Monroeville Eagles, they are 9-1 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. The Flyers have boasted one of Division 7's best offenses all season, averaging 40.4 points per game, which ranks 9th. In their last 4 games, they've been even better, scoring 45 points per game. While their offense is solid, the defense deserves equal credit for the season's successes. Their 8.5 points allowed per game ranks 6th in the division and continues to get better week by week - in their last 2 games, they've given up just 3.5 points per game.
Edgerton is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 10-game winning streak, including last week's 58-0 win against the Ayersville Pilots. That brings their record to 10-0 as they look to add another notch to the win column. The Bulldogs have been extremely impressive on offense all season, scoring 53.6 points per game, which ranks 2nd in the state. In recent weeks, they've cooled off a little, scoring 48.8 points per game in their last 5 games. On defense, they're also one of the state's best, giving up an average of 6.6 points per game, which ranks 10th in the state. Over the last 3, they've allowed an even more impressive 2.33 points per game.
Prediction: Edgerton to win (72.46% chance of victory)