In the second round of the playoffs, the La Salle Lancers come in with an edge over the Walnut Ridge Scots on paper, projected to win by a score of 35-10. 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. Walnut Ridge comes in as Division 2's 10th-ranked team. La Salle comes in ranked 6th. A new game on the schedule for both teams, it should shape out as an unpredictable affair. Strategically, this might lead to complications that could throw off the gameplan of either team.
Looking to build upon their 11-game winning streak, Walnut Ridge comes into the week at 11-0. After their 28-7 win against the Xenia Buccaneers, they are confident in their ability to finish strong. The Scots have been excellent on offense all season, scoring 43.9 points per game, which ranks 18th in the state. In recent weeks, they've cooled off a little, scoring 31.5 points per game in their last 2 games. While their offense is extremely productive, the defense is what allows them to win games by such substantial margins. Giving up just 5.5 points per game, they rank 4th in the state. In their last 3 games, they've been even more stout, giving up an average of 2.33 points.
La Salle is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 2-game winning streak, including last week's 42-0 win against the Little Miami Panthers. That brings their record to 9-2 as they look to add another notch to the win column. Particularly in recent weeks, the Lancers offense has struggled to put points on the board. In their last 5 games, they've put up an average of 23.8 points per game. Throughout the course of the season, they've averaged 31.4, which ranks 26th in Division 2. The defense hasn't been much better statistically, giving up an average of 13 points per game, which ranks 10th in their division.
Prediction: La Salle to win (89.68% chance of victory)