The Villa-Angela St. Joseph Vikings and the Port Clinton Redskins head into a week 5 matchup on Saturday looking for what will likely be a hardfought victory. While the Vikings come in as 12-point favorites, the Redskins will look to prove that they are the truly superior team. Port Clinton looks to silence the crowd early as Villa-Angela St. Joseph comes into the game expecting a relatively decisive victory. While a lot of factors point to a home victory, it will still require a valiant effort from the Vikings to come away with the win. A new game on the schedule for both teams, it should shape out as an unpredictable affair. Stylistically and schematically, past matchups are often used as a guiding tool. This week, however, each team will likely take time to adjust to an unfamiliar opponent, which should make for some added excitement.
Port Clinton, projected to finish the season at 3-7, will get a chance to show improvement on Saturday. Still relatively early in the season, there are plenty of opportunities remaining to put wins together. Thus far, they haven't been particularly strong in terms of scoring on either side of the ball. Their offense ranks 74th in Division 4, scoring an average of 17.2 points per game. On defense, giving up 28 points per game, they rank 68th in the division.
Villa-Angela St. Joseph comes off a 21-12 win against the Warrensville Heights Tigers, which brings their record to 3-1. They are projected to make the postseason on a record of 8th, which should put them on the upper end of the playoff bubble. On defense, the strength of the team thus far, they rank 8th in Division 5, allowing an average of 10 points per game. Offensively, their average of 26 ranks 52nd in their division.
Prediction: Villa-Angela St. Joseph to win (86.16% chance of victory)