One of the most highly anticipated matchups of the regional finals comes between the Crestview Knights and the Fort Loramie Redskins, the Knights projected to win by a score of 33-29. 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 Knights, one of the top teams in Division 7, come into the game ranked 5th. The Redskins come in ranked 8th. 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.
Crestview is currently on a 7-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Sunday. Coming off of a 28-14 win against the Minster Wildcats, they are 11-1 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. The Knights boasts one of the most high-powered offenses in the state and has been even stronger in their most recent contests. Scoring an average of 43.3 points per game, their offense ranks 19th in the state. Over their last 7 games, they've been even more impressive, scoring an average of 45 points per game. Their defense gives up an average of 21.1 points per game, which ranks 34th in their division - in their last 4 games, they've improved, giving up an average of 13 points.
For Fort Loramie, Sunday is a chance to expand on a 11-game winning streak after their 35-0 win against the Lehman Catholic Cavaliers brought their record to 11-1. The Redskins rank 4th in Division 7 on offense, scoring an average of 42.5. However, over the last 2 weeks, their average is down to 38 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 2 games, they've allowed only 0 points per game. However, success on defense isn't just a recent trend - on the season, their defense ranks 5th in their division, allowing 11 points per game.
Prediction: Crestview to win (59.45% chance of victory)