Week 9 brings about a big game for both the Mariemont Warriors and the Wyoming Cowboys as it could ultimately decide the postseason fate of either one. The Cowboys can currently expect to finish the season 1st at 10-0. For the Warriors, postseason chances aren't quite as high as they are projected to finish 9th in Region 20. The Cowboys are the favorites on Friday, projected to win the game by a score of 36-12. The Cowboys rank 22nd in the state while the Warriors rank 316th in the state and 43rd in Division 5. Wyoming, who should theoretically control the game on Friday, look forward to proving they are the better team. One of the more familiar matchups of week 9, both teams know what to expect. Wyoming will hope to continue the recent trend, in which they've won 5 of the last 5 matchups. In 2017's matchup, the Cowboys came away with a 27-0 victory.
Mariemont hopes to build off of last week's 40-7 win against the Taylor Yellow Jackets and finish the season strong. The Warriors offense hasn't been particularly great this season in terms of point production, a trend which continues into recent weeks. Over their last 4 games, they've scored an average of 20 points - this season they've averaged 25.6, which ranks 49th in Division 5. On defense, they rank 42nd in the division, giving up 21.5 points per game.
Wyoming will look to continue the momentum of their 8-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 53-7 win against the Reading Blue Devils last week, bringing their record to 8-0. The Cowboys have been one of the most prolific offenses in the state and even stronger in their most recent contests. Scoring an average of 46.6 points per game, their offense ranks 14th in the state. Over their last 2 games, they've been even more impressive, scoring an average of 61.5 points per game. Their defense has been equally impressive, particularly in recent weeks. Over their last 5 games, they've allowed just 2.8 points per game - that's even better than the shutdown defense they've played all season. On the year, they rank 10th in the state on defense, allowing an average of 2.8 points.
Prediction: Wyoming to win (96.72% chance of victory)