In the second playoff matchup of the year for the Liberty Center Tigers, they are projected to come away with a 29-20 win over the Oak Harbor Rockets. However, it should be one of the more hotly contested matchups of the round and all statistical predictions could easily go out the window. 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. The Rockets rank 22nd in the division while the Tigers rank 9th. 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.
Oak Harbor comes into the game on a 9-game winning streak. After last week's 28-21 win against the Pleasant Spartans, they are 10-1 and look to continue the positive momentum. The Rockets offense hasn't been particularly great this season in terms of point production, a trend which continues into recent weeks. Over their last 2 games, they've scored an average of 26 points - this season they've averaged 29.5, which ranks 35th in Division 5. On defense, they're not much better statistically. They rank 5th in their division, allowing 10.4 points per game. However, they have improved as the season's gone on, giving up an average of 8.75 points over their last 4.
Liberty Center tallied up a 24-21 win against the Miami East Vikings last week, bringing their record to 10-1 - they'll look to add to the win column once again on Sunday. Particularly in recent weeks, the Tigers offense has struggled to put points on the board. In their last 2 games, they've put up an average of 21.5 points per game. Throughout the course of the season, they've averaged 33.5, which ranks 26th in Division 5. Defensively, they haven't been the strongest either in terms of points allowed. They give up 12.1 points per game, ranking 8th in their division.
Prediction: Liberty Center to win (95.12% chance of victory)