The state semifinals offer some of the best matchups as teams in close proximity look to claim superiority over their area in the division. On Sunday, the Cuyahoga Heights Redskins come in projected to beat the Trimble Tomcats by a score of 25-21. 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 Tomcats rank 5th in the division while the Redskins 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.
Trimble comes into the game on a 8-game winning streak. After last week's 21-14 win against the Lucas Cubs, they are 12-1 and look to continue the positive momentum. In recent weeks, the Tomcats haven't been quite as successful producing points but they remain the 9th-ranked offense in Division 7, scoring an average of 37.5 points per game. Nevertheless, the defense could actually be the true strength of the team, which they've shown in their most recent contests. Over the last 7 games, they've allowed only 2 points per game. However, success on defense isn't just a recent trend - on the season, their defense ranks 1st in their division, allowing 4.2 points per game.
Cuyahoga Heights will look to continue the momentum of their 7-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 35-20 win against the John F Kennedy Eagles last week, bringing their record to 11-2. The Redskins are undeniably one of Division 7's best offenses, averaging 31.5 points per game, which ranks 19th. In their last 7 games, they've been even better, scoring 34.71 points per game. Nevertheless, the defense could actually be the true strength of the team, which they've shown in their most recent contests. Over the last 6 games, they've allowed only 8.5 points per game. However, success on defense isn't just a recent trend - on the season, their defense ranks 21st in their division, allowing 18.3 points per game.
Prediction: Cuyahoga Heights to win (95.71% chance of victory)