The Ayersville Pilots begin the season with a game they should win. Going up against the Edon Bombers, the Pilots is projected to win by a score of 36 - 15. The Bombers will have a chance to move up in the rankings this week - coming into the game ranked 37th in Division 7, they take on one of Division 7's best as the Pilots come in ranked 23rd in that division. Ayersville, who should theoretically control the game on Friday, look forward to proving they are the better team. Having matched up in 2017, there is a degree of familiarity between the two. Last season, the Pilots beat the Bombers 25 - 19.
After finishing with a 3-7 record and missing out on the playoffs in 2017, the Bombers have a solid chance of earning a postseason bid in 2018. They come into the season with a projected record of 7-3 and are predicted to finish 8th in the regional playoff standings. Last year wasn't a particularly strong year on either side of the ball for the Bombers. They scored an average of 27.3 points per game on offense, ranking 73rd in their division, and gave up 33.5 points per game, ranking 73rd on defense.
For Ayersville, while it is early in the season, playoffs would be a bit of a stretch. Projected to finish the regular season with a 4-6 record, they come into the season predicted to finish 14th in the region. On defense, the team's strength last season, the Pilots anked 22nd in their Division 7, giving up 19.1 points per game. On the offensive side of the ball, they scored 17.5 points per game, which ranked 537th.
Prediction: Ayersville to win (93.70% chance of victory)