This week's matchup between the Paint Valley Bearcats and the Grandview Heights Bobcats should be one of the more competitive of the first round, the Bearcats entering the week projected to win by a score of 28-21. The playoffs are the best time of the year but also come with a great deal of drama as many powerhouses will even see their seasons cut short. Each week, it's do or die and, after this week is complete, half of the current playoff teams will be eliminated. The Bobcats rank 34th in the division while the Bearcats rank 13th. A rematch from their game last season, this matchup will be a good gauge on how each team has improved or regressed. In 2018, the Bearcats defeated the Bobcats by a score of 39-36.
Grandview Heights looks to get back on track this week as they come in on a 2-game losing streak. They are currently 6-4 after a 27-14 loss against the Bishop Ready Silver Knights last week. The Bobcats offense hasn't been particularly great this season in terms of point production, a trend which continues into recent weeks. Over their last 2 games, they've scored an average of 10.5 points - this season they've averaged 19.8, which ranks 81st in Division 6. Defensively, giving up 22.7 points per game, they rank 46th in the division.
Paint Valley will be looking to put together a win streak coming off of a 35-0 win over the Westfall Mustangs last week, which brings their record to 8-2. The Bearcats offense is one of the most high-powered in their division, particularly in recent weeks. For the year, they rank 20th in Division 6 with 37.4 points per game. Over the last 6 weeks, they've scored an average of 37.4. Their defense ranks 29th in their division giving up an average of 18.2 points per game, but they've been improving with each game - over the last 5 weeks, they've allowed an average of 10.6 points.
Prediction: Paint Valley to win (98.51% chance of victory)