Lehman Catholic @ Fort Loramie
Sunday, November 4, 2018
By HighSchoolBall.com Staff

Typically, the first two rounds consist largely of vastly superior teams beating up on other teams in their region that just so happened to get in with enough playoff points. This likely will not be one of those matchups as the Fort Loramie Redskins head into Sunday projected to beat the Lehman Catholic Cavaliers by a score of 30-25. 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. The Cavaliers rank 11th in the division while the Redskins rank 10th. The teams did not appear on each other's schedules last season, which presents a degree of unpredictability. 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.

Lehman Catholic comes into the game on a 4-game winning streak. After last week's 29-28 win against the Ansonia Tigers, they are 8-3 and look to continue the positive momentum. The Cavaliers rank 24th in Division 7 on offense, scoring an average of 31.3. However, over the last 3 weeks, their average is down to 23.67 points per game. Their defense gives up an average of 19.7 points per game, which ranks 27th in their division - in their last 4 games, they've improved, giving up an average of 13.75 points.

Fort Loramie will look to continue the momentum of their 10-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 41-0 win against the New Miami Vikings last week, bringing their record to 10-1. The Redskins are undeniably one of Division 7's best offenses, averaging 43.2 points per game, which ranks 4th. In their last 5 games, they've been even better, scoring 54.6 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 2 games, they've allowed only 0 points per game. However, success on defense isn't just a recent trend - on the season, their defense ranks 8th in their division, allowing 12 points per game.

Prediction: Fort Loramie to win (85.59% chance of victory) 

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