This week's matchup between the Westerville South Wildcats and the St. John's Jesuit Titans should be one of the more competitive of the first round, the Wildcats entering the week projected to win by a score of 32-25. 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 Wildcats rank 41st in the division while the Titans rank 33rd. The teams did not appear on each other's schedules last season, which presents a degree of unpredictability. Strategically, this might lead to complications that could throw off the gameplan of either team.
Last week, Westerville South dropped a game 42-24 against the Olentangy Orange Pioneers. They'll look to get in the win column this week as they hope to finish out the season on a positive note. Particularly in recent weeks, the Wildcats offense has struggled to put points on the board. In their last 2 games, they've put up an average of 23.5 points per game. Throughout the course of the season, they've averaged 31, which ranks 29th in Division 2. On the opposite side of the ball, they rank 52nd in the division, allowing 24.7 points per game.
St. John's Jesuit is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 5-game winning streak, including last week's 46-28 win against the Lima Senior Spartans. That brings their record to 7-3 as they look to add another notch to the win column. Scoring an average of 32.2 points per game on offense, the Titans rank 25th in Division 2. They've been even more dominant in recent weeks, scoring an average of 43 over their last 2 games. Their defense ranks 54th in their division allowing an average of 25.1 points per game, but they have shown improvement in recent weeks - in their last 5 games, they've given up an average of 17.8 points.
Prediction: Westerville South to win (88.44% chance of victory)