In the playoffs, anything can happen. At least that's what the Fort Loramie Redskins are hoping as they come into Sunday as 30-point underdogs against the Marion Local Flyers. 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 Redskins rank 4th in the division while the Flyers rank 1st. 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.
Fort Loramie comes into the game on a 10-game winning streak. After last week's 61-7 win against the Hardin Northern Polar Bears, they are 10-1 and look to continue the positive momentum. The Redskins boasts one of the most high-powered offenses in the state and has been even stronger in their most recent contests. Scoring an average of 47.9 points per game, their offense ranks 7th in the state. Over their last 2 games, they've been even more impressive, scoring an average of 71.5 points per game. The defense has been equally as impressive, ranking 8th in the state allowing just 6.4 points per game.
Marion Local will look to continue the momentum of their 3-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 56-6 win against the Mississinawa Valley Blackhawks last week, bringing their record to 9-2. The Flyers are undeniably one of Division 7's best offenses, averaging 32.8 points per game, which ranks 14th. In their last 2 games, they've been even better, scoring 40 points per game. On defense, they've been just as strong. Allowing just 9.6 points per game over the course of the season, their defense ranks 3rd in their division. Over the last 2 weeks, they've been even more proficient, giving up just 3 points per game.
Prediction: Marion Local to win (99.82% chance of victory)