The postseason is in full force and the Trimble Tomcats enter their second round matchup against the Harvest Prep Warriors projected to win by a score of 31-20. 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 2018 season with a loss. The Tomcats, one of the top teams in Division 7, come into the game ranked 6th. The Warriors come in ranked 8th. A new matchup on the schedule for each team, Sunday'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.
Trimble comes into the game on a 6-game winning streak. After last week's 37-0 win against the Fisher Catholic Irish, they are 10-1 and look to continue the positive momentum. The Tomcats offense has been one of the best in the division, especially in recent weeks. For the year, they rank 6th in Division 7 with 41.8 points per game. Over the last 4 weeks, they've scored an average of 41.8. While their offense is solid, the defense deserves equal credit for the season's successes. Their 3.6 points allowed per game ranks 1st in the division and continues to get better week by week - in their last 2 games, they've given up just 0 points per game.
For Harvest Prep, Sunday is a chance to expand on a 11-game winning streak after their 42-8 win against the Green Bobcats brought their record to 11-0. Scoring an average of 33.1 points per game on offense, the Warriors rank 18th in Division 7. They've been even more dominant in recent weeks, scoring an average of 44 over their last 2 games. Nevertheless, the defense could actually be the true strength of the team, which they've shown in their most recent contests. Over the last 4 games, they've allowed only 2 points per game. However, success on defense isn't just a recent trend - on the season, their defense ranks 3rd in their division, allowing 6.2 points per game.
Prediction: Trimble to win (68.70% chance of victory)