Wyoming @ Memorial
Sunday, November 18, 2018
By HighSchoolBall.com Staff

In their fourth game of the 2018 playoffs, the Memorial Rough Riders will play at home against the Wyoming Cowboys in what looks to be one of the most competitive regional final matchups for this season. The Cowboys come into the game as 3-point favorites, projected to come away with the victory by a score of 30-27. The playoffs are the best time of the year but also come with a great deal of drama as many powerhouses will even see their seasons cut short. Each week, it's do or die and, after this week is complete, half of the current playoff teams will be eliminated. The Cowboys rank 2nd in the division while the Rough Riders rank 5th. The teams did not appear on each other's schedules last season, which presents a degree of unpredictability. Stylistically and schematically, past matchups are often used as a guiding tool. This week, however, each team will likely take time to adjust to an unfamiliar opponent, which should make for some added excitement.

Wyoming comes into the game on a 13-game winning streak. After last week's 28-0 win against the London Red Raiders, they are 13-0 and look to continue the positive momentum. The Cowboys has one of the best offenses in the entire state, ranking 19th with 42.7. However, they have come back towards earth lately, averaging 24 points per game over the last 2 weeks. While their offense gets a lot of credit for their success, the defense has played at an elite level as well. Giving up just 6.8 points per game on average, their defense ranks 6th in the state.

Memorial is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 3-game winning streak, including last week's 38-7 win against the Clear Fork Colts. That brings their record to 12-1 as they look to add another notch to the win column. The Rough Riders have been extremely impressive on offense all season, scoring 45.5 points per game, which ranks 8th in the state. In recent weeks, they've cooled off a little, scoring 41.25 points per game in their last 4 games. On defense, they've been just as strong. Allowing just 12.8 points per game over the course of the season, their defense ranks 7th in their division. Over the last 6 weeks, they've been even more proficient, giving up just 11 points per game.

Prediction: Wyoming to win (59.17% chance of victory) 

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