This week, the Ponitz Tech Golden Panthers will face a tough task as they head into Friday as 18-point underdogs against the Washington Court House Blue Lions. While it does look to be at least a moderately competitive matchup, the Golden Panthers will need to prove they can elevate their play and find a way to win. The Blue Lions will look to get the crowd involved in a home game they're expected to win. On the other hand, the Golden Panthers hope to silence the crowd and come away with the road upset. The teams did not appear on each other's schedules last season, which presents a degree of unpredictability. Stylistically and schematically, past matchups are often used as a guiding tool. This week, however, each team will likely take time to adjust to an unfamiliar opponent, which should make for some added excitement.
Ponitz Tech is towards the bottom of the pack in terms of playoff probability. However, with a win this week, they hope to turn the tables and prove themselves capable of surpassing their projected record for the season of 0-10. They could use some improvement on both sides of the ball - on offense, they rank 86th in Division 4 with 12.7 points per game; on defense, they give up 30.3 points per game, which ranks 74th.
Washington Court House comes into the week projected to finish the season as the region's 13th-ranked team in terms of playoff points. Last week, their 39-18 loss against the Adena Warriors brought them to 2-1. A home win this week could give them a better chance of avoiding the same fate as last year, when they were left on the outside looking in come postseason. The Blue Lions aren't particularly dominant on either side of the ball. On offense, they rank 30th in Division 4 with 30.7 points per game. Their defense, which gives up 17.7 points per game, ranks 38th in their division.
Prediction: Washington Court House to win (99.67% chance of victory)