Rocky River @ Norwalk
Sunday, November 4, 2018
By Staff

The playoffs are in full force and, in the second round, comes what could turn out to be one of the best matchups of the entire season. The Norwalk Truckers have earned homefield advantage and will face one of their biggest challenges of the year in the Rocky River Pirates. The Truckers are projected to win the game 25-22 but nobody truly knows what's in store for Saturday's game. 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 Pirates rank 38th in the division while the Truckers rank 47th. 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.

Rocky River is 7-4 after their 27-17 win against the Clyde Fliers last week. This week, they look to build on that victory on the way to what they hope will be a strong finish to the season. The Pirates have struggled on offense, scoring only 20 points per game over their last 2 games. On the year, they rank 39th in Division 3, scoring an average of 27.3 points per game over the course of the season. On defense, they rank 51st in the division, giving up 21.1 points per game.

Norwalk will be looking to put together a win streak coming off of a 42-14 win over the Bowling Green Bobcats last week, which brings their record to 8-3. The Truckers are undeniably one of Division 3's best offenses, averaging 31.5 points per game, which ranks 23rd. In their last 5 games, they've been even better, scoring 36.6 points per game. On defense, they rank 30th in their division, giving up an average of 17.7 points per game.

Prediction: Norwalk to win (50.83% chance of victory) 

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