The Bishop Hartley Hawks are heading into a week 3 matchup in which they're projected to win by a score of 30-20 over the Gahanna Lincoln Lions. While they go into Friday with a 99.67% chance of victory, the game isn't played on paper and the Hawks will need to earn it on the field. Better on paper, the Hawks come into the game ranked 21st in the state, hosting a Lions team that comes in ranked 170th in the state and 47th in Division 1. The Lions come into the game with little regard for pregame statistical breakdowns - while the Hawks believe they are the superior team, the road team will not consider it an upset if they come away with the victory. A new matchup on the schedule for each team, Friday's game is a chance for each to test its skills and strategies against an unfamiliar opponent. Usually, matchups from the previous year are used in developing a strategy for upcoming games. For these two, no such opportunity will be afforded.
After a playoff appearance in 2018, Gahanna Lincoln's playoff chances aren't looking quite as good as they did towards the end of last season. Coming into the week with a 0-2 record, they are projected to finish the year 13th in the region with a record of 3-7. Thus far, they haven't been particularly strong in terms of scoring on either side of the ball. Their offense ranks 57th in Division 1, scoring an average of 13 points per game. On defense, giving up 43 points per game, they rank 70th in the division.
Bishop Hartley, after a playoff appearance last season, is poised to make another run in 2019. They enter the game projected to finish the season 3-7, which should be good for 13th in the regional playoff standings. The Hawks are one of the best teams in Division 3 on both sides of the ball. Their offense, ranked 14th in the division, scores 39 points per game. The Hawks defense ranks 20th, giving up 9.5.
Prediction: Bishop Hartley to win (99.67% chance of victory)