This week's matchup between the Wadsworth Grizzlies and the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs should be one of the more competitive of the first round, the Grizzlies entering the week projected to win by a score of 37-32. 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. Olmsted Falls comes in as Division 2's 21st-ranked team. Wadsworth comes in ranked 9th. A new matchup on the schedule for each team, Saturday's game is a chance for each to test its skills and strategies against an unfamiliar opponent. Usually, matchups from the previous year are used in developing a strategy for upcoming games. For these two, no such opportunity will be afforded.
Olmsted Falls comes into the game on a 2-game losing streak, which they hope to put to an end on Saturday. Their 31-7 loss against the Avon Lake Shoremen last week brings their record to 7-3. The Bulldogs have struggled on offense, scoring only 10.5 points per game over their last 2 games. On the year, they rank 27th in Division 2, scoring an average of 31.3 points per game over the course of the season. Defensively, giving up 20.1 points per game, they rank 26th in the division.
Wadsworth will look to continue the momentum of their 6-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 35-34 win against the Brecksville Bees last week, bringing their record to 8-2. The Grizzlies offense is one of the most high-powered in their division, particularly in recent weeks. For the year, they rank 10th in Division 2 with 39.8 points per game. Over the last 3 weeks, they've scored an average of 39.8. On defense, they rank 63rd in their division, giving up an average of 26.7 points per game.
Prediction: Wadsworth to win (95.56% chance of victory)