Week 7 brings about a big game for both the North Royalton Bears and the Wadsworth Grizzlies as it could ultimately decide the postseason fate of either one. The Grizzlies can currently expect to finish the season 5th at 9-1. For the Bears, postseason chances aren't quite as high as they are projected to finish 16th in Region 6. The Grizzlies are the favorites on Friday, projected to win the game by a score of 41 - 28. Better on paper, the Grizzlies come into the game ranked 28th in the state, hosting a Bears team that comes in ranked 260th in the state and 57th in Division 2. The Bears come into the game with little regard for pregame statistical breakdowns - while the Grizzlies believe they are the superior team, the road team will not consider it an upset if they come away with the victory. Having matched up in 2017, there is a degree of familiarity between the two. Last season, the Grizzlies beat the Bears 61 - 28.
North Royalton comes into the game on a 4-game losing streak, which they hope to put to an end on Friday. Their 31 - 21 loss against the Hudson Explorers last week brings their record to 2-4. They could use some improvement on both sides of the ball - on offense, they rank 30th in Division 2 with 32 points per game; on defense, they give up 27.8 points per game, which ranks 69th.
For Wadsworth, Friday is a chance to expand on a 6-game winning streak after their 42 - 0 win against the Cuyahoga Falls Black Tigers brought their record to 6-0. They're solid on both sides of the ball in terms of scoring. Their offense ranks 8th in Division 2, averaging 42.2 points per game. On defense, they rank 14th in the division, allowing an average of 14 points per game.
Prediction: Wadsworth to win (86.56% chance of victory)