The Williamsburg Wildcats enter the week confident that they'll get a win over the St. Bernard Titans. Williamsburg comes into Saturday as a 27-point favorite so they'll be looking to assert their dominance in week 2. For St. Bernard, the inferior team on paper, this is a chance to ride the home crowd and prove themselves capable against a solid opponent. However, for Williamsburg, the expectation is a decisive road victory. A new matchup on the schedule for each team, Saturday's game is a chance for each to test its skills and strategies against an unfamiliar opponent. Strategically, this might lead to complications that could throw off the gameplan of either team.
Early projections indicate that, after missing out on the postseason last year, Williamsburg can expect to reach the playoffs in 2019 as they project to finish 4th in the region with a regular season record of 10-0. While it is early in the season, the Wildcats seem destined to reverse their fate from a year ago on their way to what they hope will be a deep playoff run. As 27-point underdogs against the Batavia Bulldogs last week, the Wildcats ended up with their first win of the season. They will need to improve on both sides of the ball as their offense ranked 69th and their defense ranked 29th for the opening week.
For St. Bernard, while it is early in the season, playoffs would be a bit of a stretch. Projected to finish the regular season with a 1-9 record, they come into this week expected to finish the season as the 23rd-ranked team in the regional playoff standings. After their season-opening 16-0 loss against the Shroder Jaguars, they'll definitely be looking to imrpove on both sides of the ball.
Prediction: Williamsburg to win (95.29% chance of victory)