For the Whitehall-Yearling Rams, week 4 brings a matchup that will likely come down to the wire against the Columbus Academy Vikings. Coming into the game as a slight 6-point favorite, the Rams will look to prove they are the better team beyond any statistical comparisons. Whitehall-Yearling comes in expecting to come away with the road victory. However, it looks to be one of the more hotly contested matchups of the week and Columbus Academy will be looking to defend their home field and finish the game on top. 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 Rams have won 3, a trend they hope to continue. In the most recent season's matchup, the Rams proved superior, winning 37-23.
For Whitehall-Yearling, the prospects of a 2019 playoff run don't look as optimistic as 2018. They come into the week 1-2 and are projected to finish 11th in the regional playoff standings with a record of 7-3. They could use some improvement on both sides of the ball - on offense, they rank 59th in Division 2 with 21.3 points per game; on defense, they give up 39.7 points per game, which ranks 95th.
Columbus Academy comes into the week looking to improve their position in the standings. It is early in the season but, coming into Friday's game 1-2, they are projected to finish the season ranked 22nd in the regional playoff standings. The Vikings have struggled thus far on each side of the ball. Scoring 11.7 points per game, they rank 93rd in Division 5. Defensively, giving up 33.7 points per game, ranks 86th in the division.
Prediction: Whitehall-Yearling to win (81.22% chance of victory)