The Westerville North Warriors come into Friday projected to finish the season 3-7 at 19th in Region 8. They host the Olentangy Liberty Patriots, who are currently expected to make the playoffs at 5th in Region 2. Olentangy Liberty have the edge on paper, entering the game as a 19-point favorite. However, the battle for a postseason bid can only be decided on the field. Olentangy Liberty ranks 40th in the state, compared to Westerville North, who ranks 408th in the state and 77th in Division 2. Olentangy Liberty, who should be able to quiet the home crowd and control the game, will have to prove they can do so on Friday. A rematch from their game last season, this matchup will be a good gauge on how each team has improved or regressed. Last year, the Patriots got the better of the Warriors, winning by a score of 35-8.
Olentangy Liberty comes off of a 17-3 loss against the Olentangy Orange Pioneers and will look to rebound this week as they hope to finish out the season strong. Particularly in recent weeks, the Patriots offense has struggled to put points on the board. In their last 2 games, they've put up an average of 12 points per game. Throughout the course of the season, they've averaged 18.4, which ranks 54th in Division 1. The defense hasn't been much better statistically, giving up an average of 16.4 points per game, which ranks 21st in their division.
Westerville North will come into the week looking to put an end to their current 4-game losing streak after a 42-14 loss against the Olentangy Braves brought their record down to 3-6. The Warriors offense hasn't been particularly great this season in terms of point production, a trend which continues into recent weeks. Over their last 3 games, they've scored an average of 13 points - this season they've averaged 20.2, which ranks 68th in Division 2. On the opposite side of the ball, they rank 78th in the division, allowing 32.3 points per game.
Prediction: Olentangy Liberty to win (94.27% chance of victory)