The Springfield Tigers have their sights set on a state championship as they come into a state semifinal matchup in which they're projected to win 46-19 over the East Knox Bulldogs. 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 Bulldogs rank 21st in the division while the Tigers rank 8th. A new matchup on the schedule for each team, Saturday's game is a chance for each to test its skills and strategies against an unfamiliar opponent. Usually, matchups from the previous year are used in developing a strategy for upcoming games. For these two, no such opportunity will be afforded.
East Knox is currently on a 13-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Saturday. Coming off of a 32-21 win against the Carey Blue Devils, they are 13-0 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. The Bulldogs has one of the best offenses in the entire state, ranking 18th with 42.3. However, they have come back towards earth lately, averaging 24.67 points per game over the last 3 weeks. 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 12.1 points per game, which ranks 6th in their division.
Springfield is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 13-game winning streak, including last week's 35-21 win against the Mogadore Wildcats. That brings their record to 13-0 as they look to add another notch to the win column. In recent weeks, the Tigers haven't been quite as explosive on offense but they remain the 12th-ranked offense in Division 6, scoring an average of 40.5 points per game. On defense, their last few weeks haven't even done justice to how good they've been all season. They've given up 20 points per game over their last 2, down from their average of 12.2, which ranks 7th in their division on the season.
Prediction: Springfield to win (99.28% chance of victory)