Girard @ Wyoming
Sunday, November 25, 2018
By Staff

The Wyoming Cowboys enter the Division 4 state championship projected to win by a score of 39-23. The only problem is that another team that has been equally successful is looking to lay claim to the same prize. Despite what any numbers say, and surely despite what any spectators say, the Girard Indians believe they can beat the Cowboys and come out as the undisputed best team in their division. However, this will be a major challenge because, as in any state championship, they're going up against the best talent the division has to offer. It's do or die for each team as always in the postseason. Regardless of the outcome, each team can take comfort in the fact that they had a successful enough season to get here, but only one team will be satisfied with the result as the other's season will end on a loss. The Indians, one of the top teams in Division 4, come into the game ranked 7th. The Cowboys come in ranked 2nd. A new matchup on the schedule for each team, Sunday's game is a chance for each to test its skills and strategies against an unfamiliar opponent. Usually, matchups from the previous year are used in developing a strategy for upcoming games. For these two, no such opportunity will be afforded.

Girard is currently on a 12-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Sunday. Coming off of a 53-48 win against the Licking Valley Panthers, they are 13-1 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. The Indians have been excellent on offense all season, scoring 46.4 points per game, which ranks 4th in the state. In recent weeks, they've cooled off a little, scoring 41.5 points per game in their last 6 games. While their defense has given up more points than usual in recent weeks, they deserve every bit as much of the credit for this season's successes as the offense. Over the course of the season, they've given up an average of 18.4 points per game, which ranks 25th in their division.

Wyoming is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 14-game winning streak, including last week's 35-14 win against the Memorial Rough Riders. That brings their record to 14-0 as they look to add another notch to the win column. The Cowboys have been extremely impressive on offense all season, scoring 42.1 points per game, which ranks 22nd in the state. In recent weeks, they've cooled off a little, scoring 27.67 points per game in their last 3 games. While their offense gets a lot of credit for their success, the defense has played at an elite level as well. Giving up just 7.3 points per game on average, their defense ranks 8th in the state.

Prediction: Wyoming to win (99.38% chance of victory) 

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