In a week 7 matchup with major playoff implications, the Springfield Wildcats go on the road to face off against the Northmont Thunderbolts. The Wildcats enter the game projected to finish 4th in Region 3 at 8-2. The Thunderbolts come in projected to finish 3rd in Region 3 at 8-2 The Thunderbolts come into the game as 7-point favorites and expect to take home the victory and ultimately complete their pursuit of the postseason. Friday's matchup will feature two of the state's top 100 teams. The Wildcats come into the game ranked 77th in the state while the Thunderbolts come in ranked 61st. This looks to be a close and exciting game, which will be fun at least for the team that comes out on top. One of the more familiar matchups of week 7, both teams know what to expect. Northmont will hope to continue the recent trend, in which they've won 4 of the last 5 matchups. In last year's installment, the Thunderbolts came out on top by a score of 22 - 10.
Springfield is currently on a 6-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Friday. Coming off of a 35 - 7 win against the Xenia Buccaneers, they are 6-0 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. Their defense has been one of the best in Division 1, ranking 4th with 8.5 points allowed per game. On offense, they rank 28th, scoring an average of 27.2 points per game.
Northmont tallied up a 49 - 7 win against the Lebanon Warriors last week, bringing their record to 5-1 - they'll look to add to the win column once again on Friday. They score an average of 37.8 points per game, which ranks 5th in Division 1. Defensively, they allow 20 points per game, ranking 38th in the division.
Prediction: Northmont to win (71.05% chance of victory)