The Chesapeake Panthers have a tough game on the schedule for week 4, heading into Friday as a 2-point favorite over the Gallia Academy Blue Devils. Projected as one of the closest matchups of the week, it's definitely one to keep an eye on. As slight road favorites, the Panthers come in hoping to edge out the Blue Devils on their home field. Having matched up in 2018, there is a degree of familiarity between the two. Last year, the Blue Devils got the better of the Panthers, winning by a score of 55-20.
Coming off of a 49-6 win against the Symmes Valley Vikings, the Panthers will need to outperform expectations during the remainder of the regular season to earn a playoff spot. They are currently projected to finish 11th in the region with a record of 6-4. They could use some improvement on both sides of the ball - on offense, they rank 32nd in Division 5 with 35 points per game; on defense, they give up 24.3 points per game, which ranks 61st.
Gallia Academy comes into the week 3-0 after a 14-13 win against the Point Pleasant Knights last week. They are projected to finish the season 5-5, which would place them around 12th in the regional playoff standings. On defense, the strength of the team, the Blue Devils give up just 4.3 points per game, which ranks 17th in the state. Their offense ranks 315th, scoring 25.3 points per game.
Prediction: Chesapeake to win (90.96% chance of victory)