In the opening round of the playoffs, the Indian Valley Braves come in with an edge over the John Glenn Little Muskies on paper, projected to win by a score of 41-20. 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. John Glenn comes in as Division 4's 26th-ranked team. Indian Valley comes in ranked 7th. 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.
John Glenn comes into the game on a 6-game winning streak. After last week's 17-0 win against the Crooksville Ceramics, they are 7-3 and look to continue the positive momentum. Particularly in recent weeks, the Little Muskies offense has struggled to put points on the board. In their last 3 games, they've put up an average of 21.67 points per game. Throughout the course of the season, they've averaged 30.6, which ranks 32nd in Division 4. While the defense hasn't been much better, they have improved lately - while they average 11.2 points allowed per game, which ranks 7th in their division, they've taken that average down to 0 points over the last 2 weeks.
Indian Valley will look to continue the momentum of their 4-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 52-6 win against the Claymont Mustangs last week, bringing their record to 9-1. The Braves have been one of the most prolific offenses in the state and even stronger in their most recent contests. Scoring an average of 46.1 points per game, their offense ranks 12th in the state. Over their last 2 games, they've been even more impressive, scoring an average of 53.5 points per game. While their offense is solid, the defense deserves equal credit for the season's successes. Their 16.1 points allowed per game ranks 21st in the division and continues to get better week by week - in their last 2 games, they've given up just 10 points per game.
Prediction: Indian Valley to win (99.13% chance of victory)