Roger Bacon @ Valley View
Sunday, November 10, 2019
By Staff

The second round matchup between the Valley View Spartans and the Roger Bacon Spartans should be one of the more exciting matchups of the week. The Spartans come into the week projected to win by a score of 33-25. The playoffs are an interesting time of year as 7 teams fulfill their most ambitious goal in winning a state championship while the other 217 playoff teams will end their season with a loss. This matchup is no different as the winner will continue their playoff run while the loser will end its 2019 season with a loss. Roger Bacon comes in as Division 4's 25th-ranked team. Valley View comes in ranked 13th. A new game on the schedule for both teams, it should shape out as an unpredictable affair. Stylistically and schematically, past matchups are often used as a guiding tool. This week, however, each team will likely take time to adjust to an unfamiliar opponent, which should make for some added excitement.

Roger Bacon comes into the game on a 7-game winning streak. After last week's 42-21 win against the Waynesville Spartans, they are 10-1 and look to continue the positive momentum. Scoring an average of 39.5 points per game on offense, the Spartans rank 5th in Division 4. They've been even more explosive in recent weeks, scoring an average of 50.5 over their last 4 games. While their defense has given up more points than usual in recent weeks, they deserve every bit as much of the credit for this season's successes as the offense. Over the course of the season, they've given up an average of 13.9 points per game, which ranks 10th in their division.

For Valley View, Sunday is a chance to expand on a 4-game winning streak after their 42-28 win against the Clinton-Massie Falcons brought their record to 9-2. The Spartans are undeniably one of Division 4's best offenses, averaging 34.2 points per game, which ranks 15th. In their last 2 games, they've been even better, scoring 38.5 points per game. Nevertheless, the defense could actually be the true strength of the team, which they've shown in their most recent contests. Over the last 3 games, they've allowed only 11.33 points per game. However, success on defense isn't just a recent trend - on the season, their defense ranks 17th in their division, allowing 16.5 points per game.

Prediction: Valley View to win (93.62% chance of victory) 

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