The state semifinals are here, when we finally get to see who truly deserves a shot at taking home a state championship. Saturday's matchup between the Marion Local Flyers and the Seneca East Tigers is one of those matchups, the Flyers projected to advance to the second round with a 47-6 victory. 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 2018 season with a loss. Marion Local comes in as Division 6's 1st-ranked team. Seneca East comes in ranked 16th. 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.
Looking to build upon their 3-game winning streak, Marion Local comes into the week at 12-1. After their 40-19 win against the Coldwater Cavaliers, they are confident in their ability to finish strong. The Flyers offense has been one of the best in the division, especially in recent weeks. For the year, they rank 7th in Division 6 with 39.5 points per game. Over the last 3 weeks, they've scored an average of 39.5. While recent games have affected averages negatively, their defense is one of the best as well. They rank 8th in their division, giving up an average of 11.6 points per game.
For Seneca East, Saturday is a chance to expand on a 8-game winning streak after their 26-21 win against the Fairview Apaches brought their record to 12-1. In recent weeks, the Tigers haven't been quite as explosive on offense but they remain the 13th-ranked offense in Division 6, scoring an average of 36.7 points per game. While recent games have affected averages negatively, their defense is one of the best as well. They rank 18th in their division, giving up an average of 15.2 points per game.
Prediction: Marion Local to win (99.94% chance of victory)