The regional finals are here, when we finally get to see who truly were the best teams in their areas across each division. Sunday's matchup between the London Red Raiders and the Wyoming Cowboys is one of those matchups, the Cowboys projected to advance to the second round with a 47-16 victory. 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 Red Raiders, one of the top teams in Division 4, come into the game ranked 24th. The Cowboys come in ranked 2nd. A rematch from their game last season, this matchup will be a good gauge on how each team has improved or regressed. Last season, the Cowboys beat the Red Raiders 10-7.
London is currently on a 2-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Sunday. Coming off of a 28-7 win against the Clinton-Massie Falcons, they are 11-1 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. The Red Raiders has one of the best offenses in the entire state, ranking 4th with 47.1. However, they have come back towards earth lately, averaging 26.67 points per game over the last 3 weeks. On defense, their last few weeks haven't even done justice to how good they've been all season. They've given up 20.67 points per game over their last 3, down from their average of 11.4, which ranks 7th in their division on the season.
Wyoming will look to continue the momentum of their 12-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 20-17 win against the Indian Hill Braves last week, bringing their record to 12-0. The Cowboys have been extremely impressive on offense all season, scoring 43.9 points per game, which ranks 14th in the state. In recent weeks, they've cooled off a little, scoring 34 points per game in their last 2 games. On defense, even after the last 2 have affected their average negatively, they're also one of the best in the state, ranking 10th with 7.3 points allowed on average.
Prediction: Wyoming to win (99.94% chance of victory)