As the end of the season draws near, playoffs are the only thing on any team's mind that still stands a reasonable chance. On Friday, two of these teams meet - the Westerville South Wildcats and the Olentangy Liberty Patriots. The Wildcats come into the game projected to enter the playoffs as Region 7's 6th best team at 6-4. The Patriots come into the game projected to finish 10-0 as Region 3's 1st best team. Olentangy Liberty will enter the game as a 12-point favorite, projected to win the game 29-17. Olentangy Liberty looks to be the superior team on paper, coming into the game ranked 13th in the state while the Wildcats rank 188th in the state and 36th in Division 2. The Wildcats come into the game with little regard for pregame statistical breakdowns - while the Patriots believe they are the superior team, the road team will not consider it an upset if they come away with the victory. A rematch from their game last season, this matchup will be a good gauge on how each team has improved or regressed. In 2018, the Patriots defeated the Wildcats by a score of 35-31.
Westerville South has dropped each of their most recent 2 games and will look to reverse the negative momentum on Friday. They are currently 4-2 and come off of a 23-20 loss against the Olentangy Braves. Offensively, they've been solid. Scoring an average of 32.3 points per game, their offense ranks 24th in Division 2. On defense, giving up an average of 21.2 points per game, they rank 39th in the division.
Olentangy Liberty is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 6-game winning streak, including last week's 17-7 win against the Westerville Central Warhawks. That brings their record to 6-0 as they look to add another notch to the win column. The Patriots boast one of the best defenses in their division, ranking 3rd in Division 1 allowing 10 points per game. Offensively they score an average of 24.2 points, which ranks 37th in the division.
Prediction: Olentangy Liberty to win (99.92% chance of victory)