This week's matchup between the Trotwood-Madison Rams and the Wapakoneta Redskins should be one of the more competitive of the first round, the Rams entering the week projected to win by a score of 25-19. 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 Rams rank 9th in the division while the Redskins rank 4th. Having matched up in 2018, there is a degree of familiarity between the two. In 2018, the Redskins defeated the Rams by a score of 24-21.
Trotwood-Madison has dropped each of their most recent 2 games and will look to reverse the negative momentum on Saturday. They are currently 7-3 and come off of a 21-20 loss against the Springfield Wildcats. The Rams 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 22.5 points - this season they've averaged 28.7, which ranks 41st in Division 3. Defensively, giving up 18.4 points per game, they rank 39th in the division.
Wapakoneta is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 5-game winning streak, including last week's 7-6 win against the Ottawa-Glandorf Titans. That brings their record to 9-1 as they look to add another notch to the win column. While the Redskins offense has not been particularly great, ranked 49th in Division 3 with 27.5 points per game, they have improved in recent weeks, averaging 35.4 points over their last 5 contests. Their defense hasn't been much better throughout the course of the season, ranking 3rd with an average of 8.3 points allowed per game. In recent weeks, they have improved, giving up an average of 4 points over their last 4 games.
Prediction: Trotwood-Madison to win (90.52% chance of victory)