Springfield @ Anna
Sunday, December 1, 2019
By HighSchoolBall.com Staff

In the state championship, wild things happen. There usually isn't any correlation between what's expected and what actually takes place. This is why the Springfield Tigers aren't worried about a projected score of 37-23 in favor of the Anna Rockets. The biggest game cannot be decided on paper so we'll see who Division 6's best team truly is on Friday. 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. Springfield comes in as Division 6's 8th-ranked team. Anna comes 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.

Springfield is currently on a 14-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Friday. Coming off of a 42-14 win against the East Knox Bulldogs, they are 14-0 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. The Tigers offense is the 9th-ranked offense in Division 6, scoring an average of 40.6 points per game over the course of the season. In their last 3 games, however, they've cooled off, averaging 32.33 points per game. While recent games have affected averages negatively, their defense is one of the best as well. They rank 6th in their division, giving up an average of 12.4 points per game.

For Anna, Friday is a chance to expand on a 9-game winning streak after their 36-6 win against the Mechanicsburg Indians brought their record to 13-1. The Rockets are consistently explosive on offense, ranking 8th with 45.1. However, they have come back towards earth lately, averaging 39 points per game over the last 2 weeks. While their offense is solid, the defense deserves equal credit for the season's successes. Their 12.6 points allowed per game ranks 8th in the division and continues to get better week by week - in their last 2 games, they've given up just 6.5 points per game.

Prediction: Anna to win (88.24% chance of victory) 

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