Sandusky @ Norwalk
Sunday, November 11, 2018
By Staff

The regional final matchup between the Norwalk Truckers and the Sandusky Blue Streaks should be one of the more exciting matchups of the week. The Truckers come into the week projected to win by a score of 32-24. 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 2018 season with a loss. Sandusky comes in as Division 3's 26th-ranked team. Norwalk comes in ranked 42nd. A rematch from earlier in the season, look for this to be one of the more emotional battles of the week. In the regular season, the Truckers won 52-35 so the Blue Streaks will be looking for revenge. They also played in 2017, a matchup in which the defeated the Truckers by a score of 17-14.

Sandusky is currently on a 3-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Saturday. Coming off of a 56-12 win against the Lexington Minutemen, they are 8-4 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. The Blue Streaks offense has been one of the best in the division, especially in recent weeks. For the year, they rank 11th in Division 3 with 34.4 points per game. Over the last 2 weeks, they've scored an average of 34.4. On defense, they rank 32nd in their division, giving up an average of 18.4 points per game.

For Norwalk, Saturday is a chance to expand on a 2-game winning streak after their 56-7 win against the Rocky River Pirates brought their record to 9-3. The Truckers are undeniably one of Division 3's best offenses, averaging 33.5 points per game, which ranks 13th. In their last 2 games, they've been even better, scoring 49 points per game. On defense, their last few weeks haven't even done justice to how good they've been all season. They've given up 23.67 points per game over their last 6, down from their average of 16.8, which ranks 21st in their division on the season.

Prediction: Norwalk to win (62.97% chance of victory) 

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