One of the most significant games on the schedule for week 10 is a matchup between the Triway Titans and the Orrville Red Riders. Both teams have a solid likelihood of making the playoffs, the Titans projected to finish 5th in Region 14 and the Red Riders projected to finish 4th in Region 18. The Titans are projected to take home the victory on Friday by a score of 32-27. The Red Riders rank 87th in the state while the Titans rank 316th in the state and 47th in Division 4. Fans on both sides head into Friday expecting the win but only one of the two can come out on top. 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 Titans have been superior, coming out on top in 3 of them. However, the past won't matter come kickoff. In 2018's matchup, the Red Riders came away with a 44-0 victory.
Looking to build upon their 2-game winning streak, Triway comes into the week at 6-3. After their 34-20 win against the Tuslaw Mustangs, they are confident in their ability to finish strong. The Titans have struggled on offense, scoring only 28 points per game over their last 3 games. On the year, they rank 28th in Division 4, scoring an average of 31.4 points per game over the course of the season. On defense, they'll also be looking for improvement, which they have shown signs of in recent weeks. Over their last 2 games, they've allowed an average of 13 points, an improvement over their 41st-ranked season average of 21.1.
Looking to rebound from a 29-26 loss against the Manchester Panthers last week, Orrville will try to establish momentum early and sustain it throughout. The Red Riders rank 15th in Division 5 on offense, scoring an average of 38. However, over the last 4 weeks, their average is down to 29 points per game. Their defense allows an average of 19.2 points per game, which ranks 31st in their division.
Prediction: Triway to win (99.60% chance of victory)