As the playoff picture begins to take shape for the Fort Loramie Redskins and the Tri-County North Panthers, they come up on an important matchup against one another in week 10. The Redskins are confident that how they finish the season will be enough to bring them to the playoffs - they come into the game projected to finish 2nd in the Region 28 playoff standings. For the Panthers, chances aren't looking quite as good as they're projected to finish 22nd in Region 28. The Redskins will come in as the favorites, projected to win the game 29-21. The Redskins rank 5th in Division 7 while the Panthers rank 43rd in Division 7. This is an unpredictable matchup as the Redskins, projected favoritees, will have to defeat the Panthers 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 season, the Redskins beat the Panthers 42-0.
Fort Loramie is currently on a 8-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Friday. Coming off of a 55-0 win against the Twin Valley South Panthers, they are 8-1 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. The Redskins offense has been one of the best in the division, especially in recent weeks. For the year, they rank 3rd in Division 7 with 42.7 points per game. Over the last 2 weeks, they've scored an average of 42.7. While their offense is solid, the defense deserves equal credit for the season's successes. Their 6.1 points allowed per game ranks 1st in the division and continues to get better week by week - in their last 5 games, they've given up just 2.8 points per game.
Tri-County North will come into the week looking to put an end to their current 3-game losing streak after a 74-6 loss against the Covington Buccaneers brought their record down to 1-8. While the Panthers haven't been the most high-powered offense throughout the season, they have been improving week to week. In the last 4 weeks, they've averaged 25.5, up from their season average of 19.8, which ranks 65th in Division 7. On the opposite side of the ball, they rank 101st in the division, allowing 44.6 points per game.
Prediction: Fort Loramie to win (99.83% chance of victory)