The biggest game of the entire year for 1 is finally here. The St. Edward Eagles take on the Colerain Cardinals in what will likely be a heated battle as the Cardinals come into the game projected to pull out the close win by a score of 25-23. 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 Cardinals, one of the top teams in Division 1, come into the game ranked 1st. The Eagles come in ranked 3rd. A new matchup on the schedule for each team, Saturday'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.
Colerain is currently on a 14-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Saturday. Coming off of a 28-14 win against the Pickerington Central Tigers, they are 14-0 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. The Cardinals offense is the 2nd-ranked offense in Division 1, scoring an average of 40.1 points per game over the course of the season. In their last 2 games, however, they've cooled off, averaging 35 points per game. While their defense has given up more points than usual in recent weeks, they deserve every bit as much of the credit for this season's successes as the offense. Over the course of the season, they've given up an average of 7.9 points per game, which ranks 1st in their division.
St. Edward will look to continue the momentum of their 4-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 42-16 win against the Olentangy Liberty Patriots last week, bringing their record to 10-3. The Eagles are undeniably one of Division 1's best offenses, averaging 30.6 points per game, which ranks 14th. In their last 3 games, they've been even better, scoring 40.67 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 2 games, they've allowed only 15 points per game. However, success on defense isn't just a recent trend - on the season, their defense ranks 25th in their division, allowing 17.9 points per game.
Prediction: Colerain to win (70.90% chance of victory)