In the opening round of the playoffs, the Hubbard Eagles come in with an edge over the Indian Creek Redskins on paper, projected to win by a score of 34-9. 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. Hubbard comes in as Division 4's 5th-ranked team. Indian Creek comes in ranked 21st. There is a certain degree of familiarity between the two teams after they faced off last season. Last season, the Eagles beat the Redskins 51-21.
Hubbard comes into the game on a 2-game losing streak, which they hope to put to an end on Sunday. Their 36-13 loss against the South Range Raiders last week brings their record to 6-4. The Eagles have struggled on offense, scoring only 10 points per game over their last 2 games. On the year, they rank 69th in Division 4, scoring an average of 19.5 points per game over the course of the season. The defense hasn't been much better statistically, giving up an average of 16.1 points per game, which ranks 18th in their division.
Indian Creek is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 7-game winning streak, including last week's 43-6 win against the Edison Wildcats. That brings their record to 9-1 as they look to add another notch to the win column. While the Redskins haven't been the most high-powered offense throughout the season, they have been improving week to week. In the last 2 weeks, they've averaged 39, up from their season average of 30.7, which ranks 34th in Division 4. On defense, they're not much better statistically. They rank 2nd in their division, allowing 7.3 points per game. However, they have improved as the season's gone on, giving up an average of 6 points over their last 5.
Prediction: Hubbard to win (76.70% chance of victory)