In their third game of the 2018 playoffs, the Lexington Minutemen will play at home in the regional finals against the Sandusky Blue Streaks in what looks to be one of the most competitive matchups of the season. The Minutemen come into the game as 1-point favorites, projected to come away with the victory by a score of 29-28. 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 Blue Streaks rank 31st in the division while the Minutemen rank 59th. The teams did not appear on each other's schedules last season, which presents a degree of unpredictability. 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, Sandusky comes into the week at 7-4. After their 34-14 win against the Bay Rockets, they are confident in their ability to finish strong. The Blue Streaks offense has been one of the best in the division, especially in recent weeks. For the year, they rank 20th in Division 3 with 32.5 points per game. Over the last 2 weeks, they've scored an average of 32.5. On defense, they rank 35th in their division, giving up an average of 19 points per game.
Lexington will look to continue the momentum of their 6-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 31-21 win against the Columbian Tornadoes last week, bringing their record to 7-4. The Minutemen offense will look to continue to improve as they've scored an average of 38.17 points per game over their last 6 games, up from their season average of 30.5, which ranks 27th in Division 3. Defensively, they'll look to show more signs of improvement after giving up 13.5 points on average in their last 2 games, improved from a On defense, they'll also be looking for improvement, which they have shown signs of in recent weeks. Over their last 2 games, they've allowed an average of 13.5 points, an improvement over their 68th-ranked 24.4 points allowed per game on the year.
Prediction: Lexington to win (84.54% chance of victory)