The West Liberty-Salem Tigers enter the week confident that they'll get a win over the Madison Plains Eagles. West Liberty-Salem comes into Friday as a 21-point favorite so they'll be looking to assert their dominance in week 4. The Tigers come into the game ranked 19th in Division 5 while the Eagles comes in ranked 63rd in Division 5. The Tigers come into the week expecting the home victory, which is the most probable outcome. However, the upset-minded Eagles will come in looking to prove preconceived notions wrong. A new game on the schedule for both teams, it should shape out as an unpredictable affair. Strategically, this might lead to complications that could throw off the gameplan of either team.
Coming off of a 38-22 win against the Triad Cardinals, the Eagles will need to outperform expectations during the remainder of the regular season to earn a playoff spot. They are currently projected to finish 12th in the region with a record of 7-3. Thus far, they've been one of the best teams in their division on both sides of the ball. Their 36.7 points per game ranks 23rd in Division 5 while their 9.7 points allowed per game ranks 14th.
West Liberty-Salem looks to make this season a playoff year after missing out in 2018. As of now, it looks like they have a pretty good shot. After last week's 63-14 win against the Southeastern Local Trojans, their record is 3-0 and they are projected to finish 8th in the regional playoff standings. This week, we'll see a team with immense talent on both sides of the ball look to defend their home field. On offense, they rank 7th in the state with 52.7 points per game. Defensively, they're just as solid, giving up 4.7 points per game, ranking 24th in the state.
Prediction: West Liberty-Salem to win (99.14% chance of victory)