Portsmouth @ Ironton
Sunday, October 27, 2019
By HighSchoolBall.com Staff

One of the most significant games on the schedule for week 10 is a matchup between the Portsmouth Trojans and the Ironton Fighting Tigers. Both teams have a solid likelihood of making the playoffs, the Trojans projected to finish 7th in Region 19 and the Fighting Tigers projected to finish 1st in Region 19. The Fighting Tigers are projected to take home the victory on Friday by a score of 38-18. The Fighting Tigers come into the game ranked 12th in Division 5 while the Trojans comes in ranked 34th in Division 5. The Fighting Tigers come into the week expecting the home victory, which is the most probable outcome. However, the upset-minded Trojans will come in looking to prove preconceived notions wrong. 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 Fighting Tigers have won 3, a trend they hope to continue. In the most recent season's matchup, the Trojans proved superior, winning 35-28.

Portsmouth comes into the game on a 4-game winning streak. After last week's 47-16 win against the South Point Pointers, they are 8-1 and look to continue the positive momentum. In recent weeks, the Trojans haven't been quite as successful producing points but they remain the 20th-ranked offense in Division 5, scoring an average of 35.2 points per game. Their defense gives up an average of 21.7 points per game, which ranks 41st in their division - in their last 2 games, they've improved, giving up an average of 14 points.

For Ironton, Friday is a chance to expand on a 5-game winning streak after their 52-0 win against the Gallia Academy Blue Devils brought their record to 8-1. Scoring an average of 37.1 points per game on offense, the Fighting Tigers rank 17th in Division 5. They've been even more dominant in recent weeks, scoring an average of 50.5 over their last 2 games. On defense, they've been just as strong. Allowing just 5.4 points per game over the course of the season, their defense ranks 2nd in their division. Over the last 3 weeks, they've been even more proficient, giving up just 4 points per game.

Prediction: Ironton to win (96.40% chance of victory) 

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