Week 10 brings about a big game for both the Defiance Bulldogs and the Memorial Rough Riders as it could ultimately decide the postseason fate of either one. The Rough Riders can currently expect to finish the season 7th at 8-2. For the Bulldogs, postseason chances aren't quite as high as they are projected to finish 21st in Region 10. The Rough Riders are the favorites on Friday, projected to win the game by a score of 39-16. Memorial looks to be the superior team on paper, coming into the game ranked 43rd in the state while the Bulldogs rank 485th in the state and 89th in Division 3. The Bulldogs will come into the game looking for the upset while the Rough Riders look to meet expectations by controlling the game from start to finish. One of the more familiar matchups of week 10, both teams know what to expect. Memorial will hope to continue the recent trend, in which they've won 5 of the last 5 matchups. In last year's installment, the Rough Riders came out on top by a score of 42-0.
Defiance comes into the game on a 2-game losing streak, which they hope to put to an end on Friday. Their 42-7 loss against the Wapakoneta Redskins last week brings their record to 2-7. The Bulldogs have struggled on offense, scoring only 7 points per game over their last 2 games. On the year, they rank 98th in Division 3, scoring an average of 12.9 points per game over the course of the season. On defense, they rank 85th in the division, giving up 29.6 points per game.
Memorial will look to continue the momentum of their 6-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 35-6 win against the Celina Bulldogs last week, bringing their record to 7-2. While the Rough Riders haven't been the most high-powered offense throughout the season, they have been improving week to week. In the last 3 weeks, they've averaged 44, up from their season average of 32, which ranks 29th in Division 3. Defensively, they'll look to show more signs of improvement after giving up 6.5 points on average in their last 2 games, improved from a On defense, they'll also be looking for improvement, which they have shown signs of in recent weeks. Over their last 2 games, they've allowed an average of 6.5 points, an improvement over their 34th-ranked 17.2 points allowed per game on the year.
Prediction: Memorial to win (99.99% chance of victory)