In the first playoff matchup of the year for the St. Clairsville Red Devils, they are projected to come away with a 33-21 win over the John Glenn Little Muskies. However, it should be one of the more hotly contested matchups of the round and all statistical predictions could easily go out the window. 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. St. Clairsville comes in as Division 4's 8th-ranked team. John Glenn comes in ranked 37th. A new game on the schedule for both teams, it should shape out as an unpredictable affair. Usually, matchups from the previous year are used in developing a strategy for upcoming games. For these two, no such opportunity will be afforded.
St. Clairsville comes into the game on a 4-game winning streak. After last week's 35-20 win against the Wheeling Central Catholic Maroon Knights, they are 8-2 and look to continue the positive momentum. Scoring an average of 36.6 points per game on offense, the Red Devils rank 10th in Division 4. They've been even more explosive in recent weeks, scoring an average of 51 over their last 3 games. While their offense is solid, the defense deserves equal credit for the season's successes. Their 17.1 points allowed per game ranks 25th in the division and continues to get better week by week - in their last 4 games, they've given up just 9.75 points per game.
For John Glenn, Sunday is a chance to expand on a 7-game winning streak after their 42-14 win against the Crooksville Ceramics brought their record to 8-2. While the Little Muskies haven't been the most high-powered offense throughout the season, they have been improving week to week. In the last 5 weeks, they've averaged 41.4, up from their season average of 31.5, which ranks 30th in Division 4. On defense, they're not much better statistically. They rank 7th in their division, allowing 12.4 points per game. However, they have improved as the season's gone on, giving up an average of 10 points over their last 2.
Prediction: St. Clairsville to win (84.86% chance of victory)