The Trotwood-Madison Rams head into a tough matchup this week, coming into Friday as 11-point underdogs against the Wayne Warriors. This looks to be one of the more hotly contested matchups of the week as two relatively evenly matched teams fight to claim superiority. Friday's matchup will feature two of the state's top 100 teams. The Warriors come into the game ranked 31st in the state while the Rams come in ranked 36th. The Rams will go into Friday looking to prove that, contrary to statistical analysis, they are the better team. There is a certain degree of familiarity between the two teams after they faced off last season. Last year, the Warriors got the better of the Rams, winning by a score of 41-35.
Wayne, after reaching the Regional Quarterfinals in 2018, is well on its way to expanding upon last season's success in 2019. After a 19-10 loss against the Olentangy Liberty Patriots, they come into the week 0-2 projected to finish the season 3rd in the regional playoff standings. So far this season, they've been lacking statistically on both sides of the ball. In Division 1, they rank 54th on offense, scoring an average of 14.5 points per game - on defense, they rank 43rd, giving up an average of 23.5.
After last week's 48-6 win against the Canada Prep Academy Spartans, Trotwood-Madison is 1-1 and projected to finish 6th in the regional playoff standings. As a potential playoff bubble team, every game means that much more in the hunt for the postseason. The Rams aren't particularly dominant on either side of the ball. On offense, they rank 39th in Division 3 with 27.5 points per game. Their defense, which gives up 21 points per game, ranks 52nd in their division.
Prediction: Wayne to win (68.58% chance of victory)