Struthers @ Poland Seminary
Sunday, October 27, 2019
By Staff

One of the most significant games on the schedule for week 10 is a matchup between the Struthers Wildcats and the Poland Seminary Bulldogs. Both teams have a solid likelihood of making the playoffs, the Wildcats projected to finish 8th in Region 13 and the Bulldogs projected to finish 2nd in Region 13. The Bulldogs are projected to take home the victory on Friday by a score of 28-20. Poland Seminary enters the game as the 11th-ranked team in Division 4, which makes this a key matchup in the division as Struthers comes in ranked 16th. Struthers looks to silence the crowd early as Poland Seminary comes into the game expecting a relatively decisive victory. While a lot of factors point to a home victory, it will still require a valiant effort from the Bulldogs to come away with the win. One of the more familiar matchups of week 10, both teams know what to expect. Poland Seminary will hope to continue the recent trend, in which they've won 3 of the last 5 matchups. In last year's installment, the Wildcats came out on top by a score of 22-21.

Last week, Struthers dropped a game 49-42 against the South Range Raiders. They'll look to get in the win column this week as they hope to finish out the season on a positive note. The Wildcats offense has been one of the best in the division, especially in recent weeks. For the year, they rank 12th in Division 4 with 36.3 points per game. Over the last 4 weeks, they've scored an average of 36.3. On defense, they rank 45th in their division, giving up an average of 21.4 points per game.

Poland Seminary will look to continue the momentum of their 6-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 42-7 win against the Hubbard Eagles last week, bringing their record to 7-2. The Bulldogs offense is one of the most high-powered in their division, particularly in recent weeks. For the year, they rank 19th in Division 4 with 33.4 points per game. Over the last 2 weeks, they've scored an average of 33.4. On defense, they've been just as strong. Allowing just 11.1 points per game over the course of the season, their defense ranks 7th in their division. Over the last 3 weeks, they've been even more proficient, giving up just 5 points per game.

Prediction: Poland Seminary to win (85.08% chance of victory) 

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