Typically, the first two rounds consist largely of vastly superior teams beating up on other teams in their region that just so happened to get in with enough playoff points. This likely will not be one of those matchups as the Ottawa-Glandorf Titans head into Sunday projected to beat the Wauseon Indians by a score of 22-18. 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 Titans, one of the top teams in Division 4, come into the game ranked 16th. The Indians come in ranked 23rd. A new matchup on the schedule for each team, Sunday'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.
After their 28-17 win against the Galion Tigers last week, Ottawa-Glandorf is 8-3 and looks to finish the season strong. The Titans have struggled on offense, scoring only 14.33 points per game over their last 3 games. On the year, they rank 51st in Division 4, scoring an average of 26 points per game over the course of the season. On defense, they're not much better statistically. They rank 11th in their division, allowing 14.9 points per game. However, they have improved as the season's gone on, giving up an average of 10.4 points over their last 5.
Wauseon tallied up a 41-18 win against the Bellevue Redmen last week, bringing their record to 9-2 - they'll look to add to the win column once again on Sunday. The Indians 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 20.5 points - this season they've averaged 27.8, which ranks 43rd in Division 4. Defensively, they haven't been the strongest either in terms of points allowed. They give up 16.9 points per game, ranking 20th in their division.
Prediction: Ottawa-Glandorf to win (55.19% chance of victory)