The Harrison Wildcats enter the this year's regional finals with a major challenge as the La Salle Lancers come into the game projected to win by a score of 34-9. 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 Wildcats rank 14th in the division while the Lancers rank 6th. 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.
Harrison is currently on a 10-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Saturday. Coming off of a 42-7 win against the St. Francis DeSales Stallions, they are 11-1 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. The Wildcats have boasted one of Division 2's best offenses all season, averaging 34.8 points per game, which ranks 16th. In their last 5 games, they've been even better, scoring 42.4 points per game. 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 8.4 points per game, which ranks 3rd in their division.
For La Salle, Saturday is a chance to expand on a 3-game winning streak after their 35-7 win against the Walnut Ridge Scots brought their record to 10-2. The Lancers offense is one of the most high-powered in their division, particularly in recent weeks. For the year, they rank 23rd in Division 2 with 31.7 points per game. Over the last 2 weeks, they've scored an average of 31.7. Nevertheless, the defense could actually be the true strength of the team, which they've shown in their most recent contests. Over the last 2 games, they've allowed only 3.5 points per game. However, success on defense isn't just a recent trend - on the season, their defense ranks 9th in their division, allowing 12.5 points per game.
Prediction: La Salle to win (96.32% chance of victory)