This week's matchup between the CHCA Eagles and the Shawnee Braves should be one of the more competitive of the first round, the Eagles entering the week projected to win by a score of 32-26. 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. CHCA comes in as Division 5's 9th-ranked team. Shawnee comes in ranked 22nd. 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.
CHCA is currently on a 2-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Sunday. Coming off of a 53-0 win against the Meadowdale Lions, they are 8-2 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. Scoring an average of 41.7 points per game on offense, the Eagles rank 10th in Division 5. They've been even more explosive in recent weeks, scoring an average of 50 over their last 2 games. Their defense ranks 42nd in their division allowing an average of 21 points per game, but they have shown improvement in recent weeks - in their last 2 games, they've given up an average of 10 points.
After a 35-20 win against the Kenton Ridge Cougars brought their record to 8-2, Shawnee will be looking to carry that momentum over and earn another victory. The Braves rank 12th in Division 5 on offense, scoring an average of 40.6. However, over the last 3 weeks, their average is down to 33 points per game. Their defense allows an average of 23.6 points per game, which ranks 55th in their division.
Prediction: CHCA to win (71.11% chance of victory)