Waterford @ Lucas
Sunday, November 4, 2018
By HighSchoolBall.com Staff

The Lucas Cubs come into the second round of the playoffs projected to get a victory over the Waterford Wildcats by a score of 38-23. However, anything can happen in the playoffs so you can throw mathematical predictions out the window. 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 Wildcats rank 18th in the division while the Cubs rank 13th. A new game on the schedule for both teams, it should shape out as an unpredictable affair. Stylistically and schematically, past matchups are often used as a guiding tool. This week, however, each team will likely take time to adjust to an unfamiliar opponent, which should make for some added excitement.

Waterford is currently on a 5-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Sunday. Coming off of a 34-14 win against the Berne Union Rockets, they are 9-2 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. The Wildcats rank 13th in Division 7 on offense, scoring an average of 36.2. However, over the last 2 weeks, their average is down to 29 points per game. Nevertheless, the defense could actually be the true strength of the team, which they've shown in their most recent contests. Over the last 5 games, they've allowed only 7.6 points per game. However, success on defense isn't just a recent trend - on the season, their defense ranks 5th in their division, allowing 10.9 points per game.

For Lucas, Sunday is a chance to expand on a 6-game winning streak after their 42-0 win against the River Pilots brought their record to 9-2. The Cubs offense is the 11th-ranked offense in Division 7, scoring an average of 38 points per game over the course of the season. In their last 2 games, however, they haven't been quite as explosive as they've averaged 31.5 points per game. On defense, they've been just as strong. Allowing just 15.9 points per game over the course of the season, their defense ranks 17th in their division. Over the last 4 weeks, they've been even more proficient, giving up just 6.5 points per game.

Prediction: Lucas to win (94.43% chance of victory) 

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