In their third game of the 2019 playoffs, the Avon Eagles will play at home in the regional finals against the Benedictine Bengals in what looks to be one of the most competitive matchups of the season. The Eagles come into the game as 3-point favorites, projected to come away with the victory by a score of 32-29. 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 Bengals, one of the top teams in Division 2, come into the game ranked 13th. The Eagles come in ranked 4th. 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 5-game winning streak, Benedictine comes into the week at 10-1. After their 41-38 win against the Brecksville Bees, they are confident in their ability to finish strong. The Bengals score an average of 43.7 points per game, which ranks 20th in the state offensively. In recent weeks, they've been even more proficient, scoring an average of 51.5 points per game over their last 2 games. Their defense gives up an average of 20.8 points per game, ranking 28th in their division.
Avon will look to continue the momentum of their 11-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 33-13 win against the Wooster Generals last week, bringing their record to 11-0. In recent weeks, the Eagles haven't been quite as explosive on offense but they remain the 5th-ranked offense in Division 2, scoring an average of 41.5 points per game. While recent games have affected averages negatively, their defense is one of the best as well. They rank 9th in their division, giving up an average of 12.2 points per game.
Prediction: Avon to win (99.66% chance of victory)