One of the most competitive matchups of week 4 pits the Euclid Panthers against the Medina Bees. The Panthers are projected to win by a score of 31 - 28 in what is essentially a toss-up game. Euclid, the 53rd-ranked team in the state, host a fellow top-100 team this week as Medina comes into the game ranked 82nd. In one that could easily go either way, they'll each take the field with something to prove. There is a certain degree of familiarity between the two teams after they faced off last season. Last season, the Panthers beat the Bees 34 - 7.
Medina comes into the game 2-1 after a 28 - 7 loss against the Wadsworth Grizzlies. After missing out on the playoffs last season, they'll need to put together wins to avoid missing out once again. They are projected to finish the regular season 10th in the region with a record of 5-5. So far this season, they've been lacking statistically on both sides of the ball. In Division 1, they rank 37th on offense, scoring an average of 24.7 points per game - on defense, they rank 34th, giving up an average of 18.3.
After reaching the Regional Semifinals last season, the Panthers look poised to mount another playoff run in 2018. Their 21 - 6 loss against the St. Ignatius Wildcats brings their record to 2-1. As of now, they're projected to get into the playoffs as the region's 7th-ranked team, but every game is supremely important for a team on the playoff bubble. They score an average of 30 points per game, which ranks 23rd in Division 1. Defensively, they allow 19.7 points per game, ranking 37th in the division.
Prediction: Euclid to win (70.32% chance of victory)