Columbian @ Norwalk
Sunday, October 27, 2019
By Staff

In a week 10 matchup with major playoff implications, the Columbian Tornadoes go on the road to face off against the Norwalk Truckers. The Tornadoes enter the game projected to finish 5th in Region 10 at 8-2. The Truckers come in projected to finish 1st in Region 10 at 9-1 The Truckers come into the game as 2-point favorites and expect to take home the victory and ultimately complete their pursuit of the postseason. Friday's matchup will feature two of the state's top 100 teams. The Tornadoes come into the game ranked 99th in the state while the Truckers come in ranked 60th. With no definitive indication over who is truly the better team, each side will have to make its case on the field come Friday. One of the more familiar matchups of week 10, both teams know what to expect. Norwalk will hope to continue the recent trend, in which they've won 3 of the last 5 matchups. In last year's installment, the Tornadoes came out on top by a score of 41-20.

Columbian is currently on a 3-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Friday. Coming off of a 47-21 win against the Perkins Pirates, they are 8-1 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. The Tornadoes offense is the 12th-ranked offense in Division 3, scoring an average of 37.2 points per game over the course of the season. In their last 2 games, however, they've cooled off, averaging 31.5 points per game. On defense, their last few weeks haven't even done justice to how good they've been all season. They've given up 27.5 points per game over their last 4, down from their average of 14.4, which ranks 19th in their division on the season.

Norwalk will look to continue the momentum of their 8-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 41-40 win against the Clyde Fliers last week, bringing their record to 8-1. The Truckers offense is one of the most high-powered in their division, particularly in recent weeks. For the year, they rank 7th in Division 3 with 39.1 points per game. Over the last 5 weeks, they've scored an average of 39.1. Their defense allows an average of 16.4 points per game, which ranks 27th in their division.

Prediction: Norwalk to win (91.77% chance of victory) 

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