The Minster Wildcats and the Parkway Panthers meet on Friday for what looks like a relatively one-sided matchup. The Wildcats are projected to win by a score of 36 - 15 and have a 96.83% chance to win outright. The Panthers will have a chance to move up in the rankings this week - coming into the game ranked 51st in Division 6, they take on one of Division 7's best as the Wildcats come in ranked 1st in that division. The Panthers will come into the game looking for the upset while the Wildcats look to meet expectations by controlling the game from start to finish. 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.
Parkway, projected to finish the season at 2-8, will get a chance to show improvement on Friday. Still relatively early in the season, there are plenty of opportunities remaining to put wins together. So far this season, they've been lacking statistically on both sides of the ball. In Division 6, they rank 73rd on offense, scoring an average of 21 points per game - on defense, they rank 95th, giving up an average of 36.2.
After winning a state championship last season, Minster wants to make this week the next step towards another. They come into the game with a record of 3-1 after their 31 - 20 loss against the Coldwater Cavaliers last week. They enter the week projected as the region's 3rd best team, expected to finish the year with a record of 7-3. The Wildcats have struggled thus far on each side of the ball. Scoring 30.2 points per game, they rank 27th in Division 7. Defensively, giving up 23.2 points per game, ranks 49th in the division.
Prediction: Minster to win (96.83% chance of victory)