One of the most significant games on the schedule for week 10 is a matchup between the Westerville Central Warhawks and the Olentangy Braves. Both teams have a solid likelihood of making the playoffs, the Warhawks projected to finish 8th in Region 3 and the Braves projected to finish 7th in Region 7. The Warhawks are projected to take home the victory on Friday by a score of 26-22. The game has implications regarding the strength of divisions 2 and 1 against one another as one of each division's best will take the field on Friday. The Braves enter the game ranked 25th in Division 2 while the Warhawks enter the game ranked 23rd in Division 1. Westerville Central comes in expecting to come away with the road victory. However, it looks to be one of the more hotly contested matchups of the week and Olentangy will be looking to defend their home field and finish the game on top. A rematch from their game last season, this matchup will be a good gauge on how each team has improved or regressed. In 2018, the Braves defeated the Warhawks by a score of 42-21.
Westerville Central has dropped each of their most recent 2 games and will look to reverse the negative momentum on Friday. They are currently 6-3 and come off of a 23-20 loss against the Westerville South Wildcats. The Warhawks rank 6th in Division 1 on offense, scoring an average of 36.3. However, over the last 2 weeks, their average is down to 13 points per game. On defense, their last few weeks haven't even done justice to how good they've been all season. They've given up 18.5 points per game over their last 2, down from their average of 8.8, which ranks 2nd in their division on the season.
Olentangy tallied up a 44-14 win against the Westerville North Warriors last week, bringing their record to 5-4 - they'll look to add to the win column once again on Friday. The Braves offense will look to continue to improve as they've scored an average of 32.5 points per game over their last 2 games, up from their season average of 26.8, which ranks 44th in Division 2. Defensively, giving up 22.4 points per game, they rank 41st in the division.
Prediction: Westerville Central to win (54.14% chance of victory)