As the playoff picture begins to take shape for the Wooster Generals and the Ashland Arrows, they come up on an important matchup against one another in week 10. The Generals are confident that how they finish the season will be enough to bring them to the playoffs - they come into the game projected to finish 8th in the Region 6 playoff standings. For the Arrows, chances aren't looking quite as good as they're projected to finish 13th in Region 10. The Generals will come in as the favorites, projected to win the game 29-27. As slight road favorites, the Generals come in hoping to edge out the Arrows on their home field. The teams have played each other in each of the last five years so neither is likely to surprise the other. Over their last 5 matchups, the Generals have won 3, a trend they hope to continue. In the most recent season's matchup, the Generals proved superior, winning 38-6.
Looking to build upon their 6-game winning streak, Wooster comes into the week at 6-3. After their 35-0 win against the Firestone Falcons, they are confident in their ability to finish strong. While the Generals haven't been the most high-powered offense throughout the season, they have been improving week to week. In the last 6 weeks, they've averaged 36, up from their season average of 30.7, which ranks 27th in Division 2. They rank similarly on defense, coming in at 34th in their division, allowing 21.2 points per game. That number has generally gone up in recent weeks as they've given up an average of 8.5 points in their last 2 games.
Ashland is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 2-game winning streak, including last week's 49-24 win against the West Holmes Knights. That brings their record to 4-5 as they look to add another notch to the win column. The Arrows offense will look to continue to improve as they've scored an average of 42 points per game over their last 2 games, up from their season average of 28.8, which ranks 43rd in Division 3. They've played at a simiar level on defense, ranking 84th in their division, giving up 29.2 points per game. Over their last 2 games, however, they have made progress, giving up an average of 17 points per game.
Prediction: Wooster to win (77.89% chance of victory)