Week 7 brings about a big game for both the Lancaster Golden Gales and the Pickerington Central Tigers as it could ultimately decide the postseason fate of either one. The Tigers can currently expect to finish the season 2nd at 9-1. For the Golden Gales, postseason chances aren't quite as high as they are projected to finish 14th in Region 3. The Tigers are the favorites on Friday, projected to win the game by a score of 30-17. The Tigers rank 9th in the state while the Golden Gales rank 155th in the state and 43rd in Division 1. Lancaster hopes to mount an effort on Friday that will prove that they are, indeed, the better of the two. One of the more familiar matchups of week 7, both teams know what to expect. Pickerington Central will hope to continue the recent trend, in which they've won 3 of the last 5 matchups. In last year's installment, the Golden Gales came out on top by a score of 31-30.
After their 34-12 win against the Grove City Greyhounds last week, Lancaster is 2-3 and looks to finish the season strong. On defense, the strength of the team, they rank 21st in Division 1, giving up 18 points per game. Offensively, scoring 22.5 points per game, they rank 44th.
For Pickerington Central, Friday is a chance to expand on a 2-game winning streak after their 49-28 win against the Gahanna Lincoln Lions brought their record to 5-1. On offense, the Tigers are one of the best teams in Division 1, ranked 13th scoring an average of 32.3 points per game. Their defense ranks 26th, allowing 19.5 points per game.
Prediction: Pickerington Central to win (99.91% chance of victory)