The Patrick Henry Patriots come into the regional finals projected to get a victory over the Leipsic Vikings by a score of 35-16. However, anything can happen in the playoffs so you can throw mathematical predictions out the window. 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 Patriots rank 7th in the division while the Vikings rank 12th. The teams did not appear on each other's schedules last season, which presents a degree of unpredictability. Strategically, this might lead to complications that could throw off the gameplan of either team.
Patrick Henry comes into the game on a 3-game winning streak. After last week's 42-14 win against the St. Paul Flyers, they are 9-3 and look to continue the positive momentum. The Patriots rank 13th in Division 7 on offense, scoring an average of 33. However, over the last 5 weeks, their average is down to 28.4 points per game. Their defense ranks 31st in their division giving up an average of 20.3 points per game, but they've been improving with each game - over the last 2 weeks, they've allowed an average of 14 points.
For Leipsic, Sunday is a chance to expand on a 4-game winning streak after their 39-6 win against the Edgerton Bulldogs brought their record to 11-1. The Vikings offense is the 10th-ranked offense in Division 7, scoring an average of 34.8 points per game over the course of the season. In their last 5 games, however, they haven't been quite as explosive as they've averaged 29.8 points per game. While their offense is solid, the defense deserves equal credit for the season's successes. Their 14.5 points allowed per game ranks 9th in the division and continues to get better week by week - in their last 2 games, they've given up just 7 points per game.
Prediction: Patrick Henry to win (66.06% chance of victory)