St. Xavier @ Colerain
Monday, October 29, 2018
By Staff

The postseason has arrived and the Colerain Cardinals enter their first round matchup against the St. Xavier Bombers projected to win by a score of 29-20. 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. St. Xavier comes in as Division 1's 6th-ranked team. Colerain comes in ranked 1st. This is a chance for the Bombers to avenge a loss from earlier on in the regular season, when the Cardinals beat them 14-12. This will be their fourth matchup in the last two years as, in 2017, the Bombers won the regular season matchup 20-17 before their postseason got cut short when they lost 21-14 in the rematch.

St. Xavier is 5-5 after their 34-7 win against the St. Xavier Tigers last week. This week, they look to build on that victory on the way to what they hope will be a strong finish to the season. Scoring an average of 27.5 points per game on offense, the Bombers rank 23rd in Division 1. They've been even more explosive in recent weeks, scoring an average of 33.5 over their last 4 games. Their defense gives up an average of 17.1 points per game, ranking 28th in their division.

Colerain is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 10-game winning streak, including last week's 49-0 win against the Lakota West Firebirds. That brings their record to 10-0 as they look to add another notch to the win column. Scoring an average of 40.9 points per game on offense, the Cardinals rank 2nd in Division 1. They've been even more dominant in recent weeks, scoring an average of 52 over their last 2 games. On defense, their last few weeks haven't even done justice to how good they've been all season. They've given up 13.5 points per game over their last 2, down from their average of 7.4, which ranks 1st in their division on the season.

Prediction: Colerain to win (99.40% chance of victory) 

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