Week 10 is a chance for the Harrison Wildcats to expand their already-solid playoff chances. They come into Friday projected to finish 3rd in Region 8. They host the Northwest Knights, currently projected to finish 25th in Region 12. Harrison has the edge on paper, entering the game as a 20-point favorite. However, the battle for a postseason bid can only be decided on the field. The Wildcats rank 74th in the state while the Knights rank 470th in the state and 88th in Division 3. Harrison, who should theoretically control the game on Friday, look forward to proving they are the better team. The teams are no strangers to one another, playing against each other in each of the last five years. Over their last 5 matchups, the Wildcats have been superior, coming out on top in 3 of them. However, the past won't matter come kickoff. In the most recent season's matchup, the Wildcats proved superior, winning 19-14.
Northwest comes into the game on a 4-game losing streak, which they hope to put to an end on Friday. Their 42-12 loss against the Talawanda Braves last week brings their record to 1-8. While the Knights haven't been the most high-powered offense throughout the season, they have been improving week to week. In the last 5 weeks, they've averaged 18.4, up from their season average of 13.9, which ranks 92nd in Division 3. Defensively, giving up 35.7 points per game, they rank 100th in the division.
Harrison is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 7-game winning streak, including last week's 42-13 win against the Mount Healthy Owls. That brings their record to 8-1 as they look to add another notch to the win column. Scoring an average of 33.6 points per game on offense, the Wildcats rank 22nd in Division 2. They've been even more dominant in recent weeks, scoring an average of 48.5 over their last 2 games. While their defense has given up more points than usual in recent weeks, they deserve every bit as much of the credit for this season's successes as the offense. Over the course of the season, they've given up an average of 8.4 points per game, which ranks 5th in their division.
Prediction: Harrison to win (99.98% chance of victory)