This week's matchup between the Mechanicsburg Indians and the Covington Buccaneers should be one of the more competitive of the regional finals, the Indians entering the week projected to win by a score of 28-22. 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. Mechanicsburg comes in as Division 6's 9th-ranked team. Covington comes in ranked 15th. A new game on the schedule for both teams, it should shape out as an unpredictable affair. Usually, matchups from the previous year are used in developing a strategy for upcoming games. For these two, no such opportunity will be afforded.
Looking to build upon their 2-game winning streak, Mechanicsburg comes into the week at 10-2. After their 48-7 win against the Grandview Heights Bobcats, they are confident in their ability to finish strong. The Indians offense is the 11th-ranked offense in Division 6, scoring an average of 40.7 points per game over the course of the season. In their last 3 games, however, they've cooled off, averaging 31.67 points per game. While recent games have affected averages negatively, their defense is one of the best as well. They rank 2nd in their division, giving up an average of 9 points per game.
For Covington, Saturday is a chance to expand on a 8-game winning streak after their 36-20 win against the Southeastern Panthers brought their record to 10-2. The Buccaneers are consistently explosive on offense, ranking 14th with 43.9. However, they have come back towards earth lately, averaging 34.5 points per game over the last 2 weeks. On defense, their last few weeks haven't even done justice to how good they've been all season. They've given up 23.5 points per game over their last 2, down from their average of 11.5, which ranks 6th in their division on the season.
Prediction: Mechanicsburg to win (55.14% chance of victory)