The regional finals offer some of the best matchups as teams in close proximity look to claim superiority over their area in the division. On Sunday, the Clyde Fliers come in projected to beat the Ottawa-Glandorf Titans by a score of 26-20. 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 2019 season with a loss. The Titans, one of the top teams in Division 4, come into the game ranked 14th. The Fliers come in ranked 11th. 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.
Ottawa-Glandorf comes into the game on a 2-game winning streak. After last week's 21-14 win against the Wauseon Indians, they are 9-3 and look to continue the positive momentum. The Titans offense hasn't been particularly great this season in terms of point production, a trend which continues into recent weeks. Over their last 4 games, they've scored an average of 16 points - this season they've averaged 25.6, which ranks 51st in Division 4. Their defense hasn't been much better throughout the course of the season, ranking 10th with an average of 14.8 points allowed per game. In recent weeks, they have improved, giving up an average of 11 points over their last 6 games.
Clyde will look to continue the momentum of their 3-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 35-21 win against the Shelby Whippets last week, bringing their record to 8-4. The Fliers offense is the 11th-ranked offense in Division 4, scoring an average of 34.8 points per game over the course of the season. In their last 3 games, however, they haven't been quite as explosive as they've averaged 30.33 points per game. Their defense allows an average of 22.3 points per game, which ranks 48th in their division.
Prediction: Clyde to win (85.19% chance of victory)