The Olentangy Berlin Bears begin this year's postseason with a major challenge as the Anthony Wayne Generals come into the game projected to win by a score of 40-18. 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. Olentangy Berlin comes in as Division 2's 99th-ranked team. Anthony Wayne comes in ranked 6th. A new game on the schedule for both teams, it should shape out as an unpredictable affair. Stylistically and schematically, past matchups are often used as a guiding tool. This week, however, each team will likely take time to adjust to an unfamiliar opponent, which should make for some added excitement.
After their 36-13 win against the Thomas Worthington Cardinals last week, Olentangy Berlin is 6-4 and looks to finish the season strong. Particularly in recent weeks, the Bears offense has struggled to put points on the board. In their last 5 games, they've put up an average of 24.6 points per game. Throughout the course of the season, they've averaged 27.4, which ranks 42nd in Division 2. On the opposite side of the ball, they rank 30th in the division, allowing 20.7 points per game.
For Anthony Wayne, Saturday is a chance to expand on a 10-game winning streak after their 56-7 win against the Springfield Blue Devils brought their record to 10-0. The Generals offense is one of the most high-powered in their division, particularly in recent weeks. For the year, they rank 9th in Division 2 with 40.3 points per game. Over the last 2 weeks, they've scored an average of 40.3. While their offense is solid, the defense deserves equal credit for the season's successes. Their 4.1 points allowed per game ranks 1st in the division and continues to get better week by week - in their last 7 games, they've given up just 1 points per game.
Prediction: Anthony Wayne to win (99.99% chance of victory)