Week 10 might bring about the biggest game of the season for both the Miamisburg Vikings and the Northmont Thunderbolts as it could ultimately decide the postseason fate of either one. The Thunderbolts currently have a 99.99% chance of making the playoffs, which increases to 99.99% with a win. For the Vikings, chances aren't quite as high. With a loss, their playoff chances dip below their 8.92%, where they sit currently; however, with a win, they can increase those chances to 9.54%. Friday's matchup will feature two of the state's top 100 teams. The Vikings come into the game ranked 67th in the state while the Thunderbolts come in ranked 56th. For the Thunderbolts, a hard-fought home victory would definitely be a momentum boost. However, the Vikings come in expecting to steal one on the road and the momentum along with it. A rematch from their game last season, this matchup will be a good gauge on how each team has improved or regressed. Last season, the Vikings beat the Thunderbolts 39 - 3.
Miamisburg will look to rebound this week after their Beavercreek Beavers in their last game. The Vikings rank 19th in Division 1 on offense, scoring an average of 33.1. However, over the last 2 weeks, their average is down to 12 points per game. Their defense ranks 62nd in their division allowing an average of 30 points per game, but they have shown improvement in recent weeks - in their last 2 games, they've given up an average of 17 points.
Northmont is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 4-game winning streak, including last week's 35 - 10 win against the Springboro Panthers. That brings their record to 7-2 as they look to add another notch to the win column. The Thunderbolts rank 10th in Division 1 on offense, scoring an average of 35.6. However, over the last 3 weeks, their average is down to 26 points per game. On defense, they've been just as strong. Allowing just 18.9 points per game over the course of the season, their defense ranks 22nd in their division. Over the last 4 weeks, they've been even more proficient, giving up just 10.25 points per game.
Prediction: Northmont to win (58.64% chance of victory)