The Bishop Hartley Hawks come into the second round of the playoffs projected to get a victory over the Eastmoor Academy Warriors by a score of 38-22. However, anything can happen in the playoffs so you can throw mathematical predictions out the window. 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 Warriors rank 18th in the division while the Hawks rank 2nd. A new matchup on the schedule for each team, Saturday's game is a chance for each to test its skills and strategies against an unfamiliar opponent. 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.
Eastmoor Academy comes into the game on a 8-game winning streak. After last week's 34-14 win against the Hillsboro Indians, they are 10-1 and look to continue the positive momentum. Thus far, the Warriors offense has put up an average of 45.5 points per game, which ranks 11th in the state. In recent weeks, they've been even more powerful, scoring an average of 53 points per game over the last 5 weeks. On defense, they've been just as strong. Allowing just 12.7 points per game over the course of the season, their defense ranks 7th in their division. Over the last 4 weeks, they've been even more proficient, giving up just 3.5 points per game.
Bishop Hartley is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 6-game winning streak, including last week's 51-14 win against the Athens Bulldogs. That brings their record to 9-2 as they look to add another notch to the win column. The Hawks offense is the 7th-ranked offense in Division 3, scoring an average of 37.4 points per game over the course of the season. In their last 2 games, however, they haven't been quite as explosive as they've averaged 28.5 points per game. Their defense ranks 50th in their division allowing an average of 20.9 points per game, but they have shown improvement in recent weeks - in their last 2 games, they've given up an average of 8.5 points.
Prediction: Bishop Hartley to win (99.69% chance of victory)