One of the most significant games on the schedule for week 10 is a matchup between the Trotwood-Madison Rams and the Springfield Wildcats. Both teams have a solid likelihood of making the playoffs, the Rams projected to finish 3rd in Region 12 and the Wildcats projected to finish 5th in Region 2. The Rams are projected to take home the victory on Friday by a score of 28-23. Springfield, the 40th-ranked team in the state, host a fellow top-100 team this week as Trotwood-Madison comes into the game ranked 33rd. Fans on both sides head into Friday expecting the win but only one of the two can come out on top. 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.
Last week, Trotwood-Madison dropped a game 28-25 against the Springboro Panthers. They'll look to get in the win column this week as they hope to finish out the season on a positive note. While the Rams haven't been the most high-powered offense throughout the season, they have been improving week to week. In the last 2 weeks, they've averaged 37, up from their season average of 29.7, which ranks 37th in Division 3. They rank similarly on defense, coming in at 38th in their division, allowing 18.1 points per game. That number has generally gone up in recent weeks as they've given up an average of 13.67 points in their last 3 games.
Springfield will look to continue the momentum of their 7-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 38-13 win against the Wayne Warriors last week, bringing their record to 8-1. The Wildcats are undeniably one of Division 1's best offenses, averaging 35.9 points per game, which ranks 9th. In their last 4 games, they've been even better, scoring 40.75 points per game. While their defense has given up more points than usual in recent weeks, they deserve every bit as much of the credit for this season's successes as the offense. Over the course of the season, they've given up an average of 10.6 points per game, which ranks 4th in their division.
Prediction: Trotwood-Madison to win (72.04% chance of victory)