Pickerington Central @ Grove City
Sunday, October 27, 2019
By HighSchoolBall.com Staff

Friday's road team, the Pickerington Central Tigers are looking to continue what's looking like a run at the playoffs as they take on the Grove City Greyhounds. The Tigers are already in good shape, projected to finish 2nd in the Region 3 playoff standings. On the other hand, the Greyhounds are projected to finish 16th in Region 3, which would not earn them a playoff berth. Pickerington Central comes into the game as the favorite, projected to come away with a 31-11 victory. The Tigers, one of the better teams statewide, come into the game ranked 9th. On the other hand, the Greyhounds come in ranked 447th in the state and 66th in Division 1. The Tigers expect a road victory on Friday and have a solid chance of getting one. One of the more familiar matchups of week 10, both teams know what to expect. Pickerington Central will hope to continue the recent trend, in which they've won 5 of the last 5 matchups. In the most recent season's matchup, the Tigers proved superior, winning 40-0.

Pickerington Central is currently on a 5-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Friday. Coming off of a 40-14 win against the Reynoldsburg Raiders, they are 8-1 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. The Tigers rank 18th in Division 1 on offense, scoring an average of 31.6. However, over the last 2 weeks, their average is down to 28 points per game. Nevertheless, the defense could actually be the true strength of the team, which they've shown in their most recent contests. Over the last 3 games, they've allowed only 7 points per game. However, success on defense isn't just a recent trend - on the season, their defense ranks 17th in their division, allowing 15.3 points per game.

Grove City will come into the week looking to put an end to their current 6-game losing streak after a 41-7 loss against the Gahanna Lincoln Lions brought their record down to 1-8. Particularly in recent weeks, the Greyhounds offense has struggled to put points on the board. In their last 2 games, they've put up an average of 3.5 points per game. Throughout the course of the season, they've averaged 7.4, which ranks 70th in Division 1. On defense, they rank 67th in the division, giving up 35.7 points per game.

Prediction: Pickerington Central to win (99.99% chance of victory) 

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