Friday's road team, the Hilliard Davidson Wildcats are looking to continue what's looking like a run at the playoffs as they take on the Upper Arlington Golden Bears. The Wildcats are already in good shape, projected to finish 4th in the Region 3 playoff standings. On the other hand, the Golden Bears are projected to finish 10th in Region 3, which would not earn them a playoff berth. Hilliard Davidson comes into the game as the favorite, projected to come away with a 23-16 victory. The better team on paper, the Wildcats come into the game ranked 22nd in the state and 9th in Division 1. The Golden Bears come in ranked 145th in the state and 40th in Division 1. Hilliard Davidson comes in expecting to come away with the road victory. However, it looks to be one of the more hotly contested matchups of the week and Upper Arlington will be looking to defend their home field and finish the game on top. The teams have played each other in each of the last five years so neither is likely to surprise the other. Over their last 5 matchups, the Wildcats have won 5, a trend they hope to continue. In last year's installment, the Wildcats came out on top by a score of 17-7.
After their 35-0 win against the Central Crossing Comets last week, Hilliard Davidson is 4-2 and looks to finish the season strong. On defense, the strength of the team, they rank 9th in Division 1, giving up 12.2 points per game. Offensively, scoring 21 points per game, they rank 47th.
For Upper Arlington, Friday is a chance to expand on a 2-game winning streak after their 41-23 win against the Westland Cougars brought their record to 3-3. The Golden Bears aren't particularly dominant on either side of the ball. On offense, they rank 35th in Division 1 with 26.3 points per game. Their defense, which gives up 21.8 points per game, ranks 32nd in their division.
Prediction: Hilliard Davidson to win (94.08% chance of victory)