The Nordonia Knights have a tough game on the schedule for week 3, heading into Friday as a 1-point favorite over the Mayfield Wildcats. Projected as one of the closest matchups of the week, it's definitely one to keep an eye on. Friday's matchup will feature two of the state's top 100 teams. The Knights come into the game ranked 38th in the state while the Wildcats come in ranked 68th. In this evenly-matched a game, there is no way to tell who will come out on top. The teams are no strangers to one another, playing against each other in each of the last five years. Over their last 5 matchups, the Knights have been superior, coming out on top in 4 of them. However, the past won't matter come kickoff. In 2018's matchup, the Knights came away with a 35-26 victory.
Nordonia comes into the week 1-1 after a 51-10 win against the Woodridge Bulldogs. After reaching the Regional Quarterfinals a season ago, they are well on their way to another run at the postseason, projected to finish 3rd in the region with a record of 8-2. So far this season, they've been lacking statistically on both sides of the ball. In Division 2, they rank 29th on offense, scoring an average of 32 points per game - on defense, they rank 29th, giving up an average of 15.
After last week's 26-10 win against the Jackson Polar Bears, Mayfield is 2-0 and projected to finish 5th in the regional playoff standings. As a potential playoff bubble team, every game means that much more in the hunt for the postseason. On offense, the Wildcats are one of the best teams in Division 2, ranked 18th scoring an average of 35.5 points per game. Their defense ranks 31st, allowing 15.5 points per game.
Prediction: Nordonia to win (54.04% chance of victory)