The Memorial Rough Riders enters the second round of this year's postseason with a major challenge as the Trotwood-Madison Rams come into the game projected to win by a score of 38-18. 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. The Rough Riders, one of the top teams in Division 3, come into the game ranked 6th. The Rams come in ranked 7th. The teams did not appear on each other's schedules last season, which presents a degree of unpredictability. Strategically, this might lead to complications that could throw off the gameplan of either team.
Memorial comes into the game on a 8-game winning streak. After last week's 14-10 win against the Franklin Wildcats, they are 9-2 and look to continue the positive momentum. While the Rough Riders offense has not been particularly great, ranked 27th in Division 3 with 31.8 points per game, they have improved in recent weeks, averaging 38.83 points over their last 6 contests. They rank similarly on defense, coming in at 26th in their division, allowing 15.5 points per game. That number has generally gone up in recent weeks as they've given up an average of 7.25 points in their last 4 games.
Trotwood-Madison tallied up a 33-21 win against the Wapakoneta Redskins last week, bringing their record to 8-3 - they'll look to add to the win column once again on Saturday. Particularly in recent weeks, the Rams offense has struggled to put points on the board. In their last 3 games, they've put up an average of 26 points per game. Throughout the course of the season, they've averaged 29.1, which ranks 41st in Division 3. Defensively, giving up 18.6 points per game, they rank 39th in the division.
Prediction: Trotwood-Madison to win (79.45% chance of victory)