Anything can happen in the playoffs. This is why the Holy Name Green Wave come into the second round expecting a victory over the Mansfield Senior Tygers, despite the fact the Tygers are projected to win the game by a score of 32-18. 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. Holy Name comes in as Division 3's 40th-ranked team. Mansfield Senior comes in ranked 17th. A new game on the schedule for both teams, it should shape out as an unpredictable affair. Strategically, this might lead to complications that could throw off the gameplan of either team.
Looking to build upon their 3-game winning streak, Holy Name comes into the week at 9-2. After their 14-7 win against the Columbian Tornadoes, they are confident in their ability to finish strong. The Green Wave rank 25th in Division 3 on offense, scoring an average of 32.5. However, over the last 2 weeks, their average is down to 28 points per game. On defense, they've been just as strong. Allowing just 13.9 points per game over the course of the season, their defense ranks 16th in their division. Over the last 2 weeks, they've been even more proficient, giving up just 7 points per game.
Mansfield Senior is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 3-game winning streak, including last week's 28-0 win against the Bay Rockets. That brings their record to 10-1 as they look to add another notch to the win column. Scoring an average of 33.2 points per game on offense, the Tygers rank 20th in Division 3. They've been even more dominant in recent weeks, scoring an average of 38.5 over their last 2 games. On defense, they've been just as strong. Allowing just 8.3 points per game over the course of the season, their defense ranks 3rd in their division. Over the last 2 weeks, they've been even more proficient, giving up just 3.5 points per game.
Prediction: Mansfield Senior to win (95.28% chance of victory)