The Licking Valley Panthers are looking to mount a deep playoff run, which they hope will end in a state championship, continuing after last week's win with a game they're projected to win 41-16 over the John Glenn Little Muskies. It's do or die for each team as always in the postseason. Regardless of the outcome, each team can take comfort in the fact that they had a successful enough season to get here, but only one team will be satisfied with the result as the other's season will end on a loss. The Little Muskies, one of the top teams in Division 4, come into the game ranked 31st. The Panthers come in ranked 4th. The teams did not appear on each other's schedules last season, which presents a degree of unpredictability. 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.
John Glenn comes into the game on a 8-game winning streak. After last week's 23-6 win against the St. Clairsville Red Devils, they are 9-2 and look to continue the positive momentum. While the Little Muskies offense has not been particularly great, ranked 33rd in Division 4 with 30.7 points per game, they have improved in recent weeks, averaging 38.33 points over their last 6 contests. On defense, they're not much better statistically. They rank 5th in their division, allowing 11.8 points per game. However, they have improved as the season's gone on, giving up an average of 8.67 points over their last 3.
Licking Valley will look to continue the momentum of their 11-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 28-6 win against the Marion-Franklin Red Devils last week, bringing their record to 11-0. The Panthers rank 4th in Division 4 on offense, scoring an average of 40.3. However, over the last 3 weeks, their average is down to 32.67 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 10 points per game, which ranks 3rd in their division.
Prediction: Licking Valley to win (99.78% chance of victory)