In a week 6 matchup with major playoff implications, the Stow Bulldogs go on the road to face off against the Wadsworth Grizzlies. The Bulldogs enter the game projected to finish 8th in Region 1 at 7-3. The Grizzlies come in projected to finish 7th in Region 6 at 6-4 The Bulldogs come into the game as 11-point favorites and expect to take home the victory and ultimately complete their pursuit of the postseason. The Bulldogs head into Friday ranked 57th in the state and will travel to take on a fellow top-100 team as the Grizzlies come in ranked 50th. This is an unpredictable matchup as the Bulldogs, projected favoritees, will have to defeat the Grizzlies on their home field. Not only is it unpredictable from a standpoint of who will come out on top, but also whether it'll be a close game or a decisive victory for one of these teams. Having matched up in 2018, there is a degree of familiarity between the two. Last year, the Grizzlies got the better of the Bulldogs, winning by a score of 48-21.
Stow hopes to build off of last week's 51-14 win against the North Royalton Bears and finish the season strong. The strength of the team comes on the offensive side of the ball, where they rank 8th in Division 1 with 38.2 points per game. On defense, they rank 34th in the division, giving up 21.8 points per game.
Wadsworth tallied up a 34-28 win against the Nordonia Knights last week, bringing their record to 3-2 - they'll look to add to the win column once again on Friday. The Grizzlies come in as the 25th-ranked offense in Division 2, scoring 31.8 points per game. On defense, they rank 64th, giving up an average of 26.6.
Prediction: Stow to win (80.81% chance of victory)