John F Kennedy @ Cuyahoga Heights
Sunday, November 10, 2019
By Staff

Typically, the first two rounds consist largely of vastly superior teams beating up on other teams in their region that just so happened to get in with enough playoff points. This likely will not be one of those matchups as the Cuyahoga Heights Redskins head into Sunday projected to beat the John F Kennedy Eagles by a score of 24-20. 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 Eagles, one of the top teams in Division 7, come into the game ranked 8th. The Redskins 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. In 2018, the Redskins defeated the Eagles by a score of 35-20.

John F Kennedy is currently on a 4-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Sunday. Coming off of a 41-7 win against the Independence Blue Devils, they are 8-3 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. While the Eagles offense has not been particularly great, ranked 29th in Division 7 with 27.9 points per game, they have improved in recent weeks, averaging 37 points over their last 3 contests. Their defense hasn't been much better throughout the course of the season, ranking 15th with an average of 16.6 points allowed per game. In recent weeks, they have improved, giving up an average of 7.67 points over their last 3 games.

Cuyahoga Heights is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 7-game winning streak, including last week's 49-6 win against the Malvern Hornets. That brings their record to 9-1 as they look to add another notch to the win column. Scoring an average of 37 points per game on offense, the Redskins rank 6th in Division 7. They've been even more dominant in recent weeks, scoring an average of 41 over their last 6 games. On defense, they've been just as strong. Allowing just 7.3 points per game over the course of the season, their defense ranks 2nd in their division. Over the last 3 weeks, they've been even more proficient, giving up just 4.33 points per game.

Prediction: Cuyahoga Heights to win (98.88% chance of victory) 

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