The playoffs are in full force and, in the second round, comes what could turn out to be one of the best matchups of the entire season. The Springfield Wildcats have earned homefield advantage and will face one of their biggest challenges of the year in the Dublin Jerome Celtics. The Celtics are projected to win the game 25-24 but nobody truly knows what's in store for Saturday's game. 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 Celtics rank 22nd in the division while the Wildcats rank 13th. A new game on the schedule for both teams, it should shape out as an unpredictable affair. Strategically, this might lead to complications that could throw off the gameplan of either team.
Looking to build upon their 4-game winning streak, Dublin Jerome comes into the week at 9-2. After their 38-31 win against the Springboro Panthers, they are confident in their ability to finish strong. The Celtics have boasted one of Division 1's best offenses all season, averaging 31.1 points per game, which ranks 21st. In their last 2 games, they've been even better, scoring 47 points per game. While their defense has given up more points than usual in recent weeks, they deserve every bit as much of the credit for this season's successes as the offense. Over the course of the season, they've given up an average of 14.9 points per game, which ranks 15th in their division.
Springfield is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 9-game winning streak, including last week's 23-0 win against the Marysville Monarchs. That brings their record to 10-1 as they look to add another notch to the win column. The Wildcats rank 12th in Division 1 on offense, scoring an average of 33.4. However, over the last 2 weeks, their average is down to 22 points per game. While recent games have affected averages negatively, their defense is one of the best as well. They rank 3rd in their division, giving up an average of 10.5 points per game.
Prediction: Dublin Jerome to win (93.82% chance of victory)