As the playoff picture begins to take shape for the Hilliard Davidson Wildcats and the Westland Cougars, they come up on an important matchup against one another in week 10. The Wildcats are confident that how they finish the season will be enough to bring them to the playoffs - they come into the game projected to finish 5th in the Region 3 playoff standings. For the Cougars, chances aren't looking quite as good as they're projected to finish 18th in Region 3. The Wildcats will come in as the favorites, projected to win the game 39-6. Hilliard Davidson ranks 25th in the state, compared to Westland, who ranks 552nd in the state and 71st in Division 1. The Cougars will be looking to defend their home field and avoid getting humiliated by what looks to be a superior opponent. The teams are no strangers to one another, playing against each other in each of the last five years. Over their last 5 matchups, the Wildcats have been superior, coming out on top in 5 of them. However, the past won't matter come kickoff. In 2018's matchup, the Wildcats came away with a 49-13 victory.
Hilliard Davidson comes into the game on a 2-game winning streak. After last week's 23-14 win against the Marysville Monarchs, they are 6-3 and look to continue the positive momentum. Particularly in recent weeks, the Wildcats offense has struggled to put points on the board. In their last 3 games, they've put up an average of 15 points per game. Throughout the course of the season, they've averaged 19, which ranks 53rd in Division 1. Their defense hasn't been much better throughout the course of the season, ranking 9th with an average of 12.3 points allowed per game. In recent weeks, they have improved, giving up an average of 9.5 points over their last 4 games.
Westland will come into the week looking to put an end to their current 8-game losing streak after a 44-12 loss against the Dublin Coffman Shamrocks brought their record down to 1-8. The Cougars have struggled on offense, scoring only 12.29 points per game over their last 7 games. On the year, they rank 54th in Division 1, scoring an average of 18.7 points per game over the course of the season. They've played at a simiar level on defense, ranking 68th in their division, giving up 36.9 points per game. Over their last 2 games, however, they have made progress, giving up an average of 30.5 points per game.
Prediction: Hilliard Davidson to win (99.99% chance of victory)