The Perry Pirates are looking to mount a deep playoff run, which they hope will end in a state championship, beginning with a game they're projected to win 48-25 over the Girard Indians. 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. Girard comes in as Division 4's 13th-ranked team. Perry comes in ranked 2nd. There is a certain degree of familiarity between the two teams after they faced off last season. Last year, the Indians got the better of the Pirates, winning by a score of 42-33.
Girard will look to rebound this week after their Niles McKinley Dragons in their last game. Scoring an average of 33 points per game on offense, the Indians rank 22nd in Division 4. They've been even more explosive in recent weeks, scoring an average of 41 over their last 2 games. Their defense allows an average of 27.1 points per game, which ranks 69th in their division.
For Perry, Sunday is a chance to expand on a 10-game winning streak after their 48-7 win against the West Geauga Wolverines brought their record to 10-0. On offense, the Pirates have been one of the best in the state this season, ranking 2nd with 50.6 points per game. Recent weeks haven't been quite as explosive as they've averaged 42 points per game but they remain one of the most explosive offenses statewide. Their defense gives up an average of 19.7 points per game, which ranks 35th in their division - in their last 2 games, they've improved, giving up an average of 7 points.
Prediction: Perry to win (99.65% chance of victory)