As the playoff picture begins to take shape for the Franklin Wildcats and the Oakwood Lumberjacks, they come up on an important matchup against one another in week 10. The Wildcats 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 4th in the Region 12 playoff standings. For the Lumberjacks, chances aren't looking quite as good as they're projected to finish 23rd in Region 16. The Wildcats will come in as the favorites, projected to win the game 30-16. As a relatively sizeable home underdog, the Lumberjacks come into the game with a lot to prove. For the Wildcats, the only thing to prove is that an advantage on paper can translate into an advantage on their opponent's home field. 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 last year's installment, the Wildcats came out on top by a score of 31-7.
Franklin is currently on a 6-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Friday. Coming off of a 41-24 win against the Brookville Blue Devils, they are 8-1 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. While the Wildcats offense has not been particularly great, ranked 32nd in Division 3 with 31.3 points per game, they have improved in recent weeks, averaging 41.5 points over their last 2 contests. The defense hasn't been much better statistically, giving up an average of 16 points per game, which ranks 25th in their division.
For Oakwood, this week is a chance to flip the momentum after 6 consecutive losses. Last week was a 41-7 loss against the Bellbrook Golden Eagles and they'll look to rebound strong on Friday. The Lumberjacks offense hasn't been particularly great this season in terms of point production, a trend which continues into recent weeks. Over their last 6 games, they've scored an average of 6.83 points - this season they've averaged 11.2, which ranks 91st in Division 4. Defensively, giving up 30.1 points per game, they rank 75th in the division.
Prediction: Franklin to win (99.87% chance of victory)