The Zanesville Blue Devils and the Tri-Valley Scotties head into a week 3 matchup on Friday looking for what will likely be a hardfought victory. While the Blue Devils come in as 9-point favorites, the Scotties will look to prove that they are the truly superior team. Zanesville, the 70th-ranked team in the state, host a fellow top-100 team this week as Tri-Valley comes into the game ranked 39th. The Scotties come into the game with little regard for pregame statistical breakdowns - while the Blue Devils believe they are the superior team, the road team will not consider it an upset if they come away with the victory. The teams have played each other in each of the last five years so neither is likely to surprise the other. Over their last 5 matchups, the Scotties have won 4, a trend they hope to continue. In last year's installment, the Scotties came out on top by a score of 34-26.
Coming off of a 44-13 win against the Morgan Raiders, the Scotties are projected as their region's 6th-ranked team in the playoff standings. They come into Friday with a 2-0 record and are projected to finish the regular season with a record of 9-1. They've been proficient thus far on both sides of the ball. Their offense ranks 12th in Division 3, scoring an average of 39.5 points per game. Their defense, giving up just 10 points per game, ranks 22nd in the division.
According to early projections, Zanesville should be a playoff team after missing out in 2018. They are projected to finish the season with a 9-1, which should place them top 2 in the regional playoff standings. The Blue Devils come in as the 21st-ranked offense in Division 3, scoring 35 points per game. On defense, they rank 30th, giving up an average of 12.5.
Prediction: Zanesville to win (55.16% chance of victory)