Friday's road team, the Northmont Thunderbolts are looking to continue what's looking like a run at the playoffs as they take on the Springboro Panthers. The Thunderbolts are already in good shape with a 76.03% chance to make the playoffs, but they can increase those chances further to 98.73% with a win. The Panthers are fighting to get back into contention as they come in with a 38.94% chance, which increases to 8.74% if they can defend their home field. Springboro comes into the game as the favorite, projected to come away with a 31 - 29 victory. The Thunderbolts head into Friday ranked 56th in the state and will travel to take on a fellow top-100 team as the Panthers come in ranked 57th. In one that could easily go either way, they'll each take the field with something to prove. Having matched up in 2016, there is a degree of familiarity between the two. In 2016, the Thunderbolts defeated the Panthers by a score of 32 - 20.
Looking to build upon their 3-game winning streak, Northmont comes into the week at 7-2. After their 21 - 14 win against the Centerville Elks, they are confident in their ability to finish strong. The Thunderbolts rank 12th in Division 1 on offense, scoring an average of 35.6. However, over the last 2 weeks, their average is down to 21.5 points per game. Their defense gives up an average of 20 points per game, which ranks 27th in their division - in their last 3 games, they've improved, giving up an average of 10.33 points.
For Springboro, Friday is a chance to expand on a 3-game winning streak after their 41 - 0 win against the Fairborn Skyhawks brought their record to 4-5. The Panthers offense is one of the most high-powered in their division, particularly in recent weeks. For the year, they rank 19th in Division 1 with 33.2 points per game. Over the last 2 weeks, they've scored an average of 33.2. On defense, they rank 51st in their division, giving up an average of 26.4 points per game.
Prediction: Springboro to win (58.73% chance of victory)