In the first playoff matchup of the year for the Kenton Wildcats, they are projected to come away with a 34-25 win over the Indian Hill Braves. However, it should be one of the more hotly contested matchups of the round and all statistical predictions could easily go out the window. 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 Braves, one of the top teams in Division 4, come into the game ranked 7th. The Wildcats come in ranked 12th. 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. Strategically, this might lead to complications that could throw off the gameplan of either team.
Indian Hill comes off of a 21-18 loss against the Wyoming Cowboys and will look to rebound this week as they hope to finish out the season strong. In recent weeks, the Braves haven't been quite as successful producing points but they remain the 2nd-ranked offense in Division 4, scoring an average of 43 points per game. On defense, they've been just as strong. Allowing just 11.7 points per game over the course of the season, their defense ranks 6th in their division. Over the last 4 weeks, they've been even more proficient, giving up just 8.75 points per game.
Kenton will look to continue the momentum of their 4-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 35-14 win against the Elida Bulldogs last week, bringing their record to 8-2. The Wildcats 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 24.5 points - this season they've averaged 31.1, which ranks 32nd in Division 4. Their defense, while not a top defense in Division 4, has shown signs of improvement. They currently rank 27th in the division with 17.6 points allowed per game, but have allowed an improved average of 7.67 points over their last 3 games.
Prediction: Kenton to win (57.08% chance of victory)