In the playoffs, anything can happen. At least that's what the Princeton Vikings are hoping as they come into Saturday as 29-point underdogs against the Colerain Cardinals. 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. The Vikings rank 45th in the division while the Cardinals rank 1st. It's a chance for the Vikings to get revenge as, in their regular season matchup, the Cardinals won by a score of 23-14. They also played in 2018, a matchup in which the defeated the Vikings by a score of 47-19.
Princeton comes off of a 35-19 loss against the Mason Comets and will look to rebound this week as they hope to finish out the season strong. The Vikings offense has been one of the best in the division, especially in recent weeks. For the year, they rank 25th in Division 1 with 29.1 points per game. Over the last 3 weeks, they've scored an average of 29.1. Their defense allows an average of 20.5 points per game, which ranks 31st in their division.
Colerain is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 8-game winning streak, including last week's 16-10 win against the Fairfield Indians. That brings their record to 9-1 as they look to add another notch to the win column. The Cardinals offense hasn't been particularly great this season in terms of point production, a trend which continues into recent weeks. Over their last 2 games, they've scored an average of 25 points - this season they've averaged 27.8, which ranks 29th in Division 1. On defense, they're not much better statistically. They rank 13th in their division, allowing 13.3 points per game. However, they have improved as the season's gone on, giving up an average of 6.5 points over their last 2.
Prediction: Colerain to win (99.99% chance of victory)