As the playoff picture begins to take shape for the Canal Winchester Indians and the Big Walnut Eagles, they come up on an important matchup against one another in week 10. The Indians 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 8th in the Region 8 playoff standings. For the Eagles, chances aren't looking quite as good as they're projected to finish 11th in Region 7. The Eagles will come in as the favorites, projected to win the game 28-26. With no true consensus over who's the better team, they'll have to sort all that out on the field. 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 Eagles have won 3, a trend they hope to continue. In the most recent season's matchup, the Indians proved superior, winning 27-7.
Canal Winchester comes into the game on a 2-game winning streak. After last week's 49-0 win against the Newark Wildcats, they are 8-1 and look to continue the positive momentum. The Indians offense has been one of the best in the division, especially in recent weeks. For the year, they rank 16th in Division 2 with 36.1 points per game. Over the last 2 weeks, they've scored an average of 36.1. While their offense is solid, the defense deserves equal credit for the season's successes. Their 13.3 points allowed per game ranks 13th in the division and continues to get better week by week - in their last 2 games, they've given up just 3 points per game.
For Big Walnut, this week is a chance to flip the momentum after 2 consecutive losses. Last week was a 49-0 loss against the Groveport-Madison Cruisers and they'll look to rebound strong on Friday. Particularly in recent weeks, the Eagles offense has struggled to put points on the board. In their last 2 games, they've put up an average of 10 points per game. Throughout the course of the season, they've averaged 21.7, which ranks 58th in Division 2. Defensively, giving up 26.3 points per game, they rank 63rd in the division.
Prediction: Big Walnut to win (96.16% chance of victory)