This week, the Hillsboro Indians will face a tough task as they head into Friday as 19-point underdogs against the Williamsburg Wildcats. While it does look to be at least a moderately competitive matchup, the Indians will need to prove they can elevate their play and find a way to win. The Wildcats, the better team on paper, will look to prove their superiority on the field come Friday. Having matched up in 2018, there is a degree of familiarity between the two. Last year, the Indians got the better of the Wildcats, winning by a score of 55-35.
Hillsboro 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 3-7. They could use some improvement on both sides of the ball - on offense, they rank 77th in Division 4 with 14.7 points per game; on defense, they give up 16.3 points per game, which ranks 34th.
Williamsburg has a great chance at the postseason this year after they failed to make it a year ago. They come into the week 3-0 after last week's 43-6 win against the Riverview East Hawks and are projected to finish the season ranked 4th in the region in terms of playoff points. The Wildcats defense ranks 13th in Division 6, giving up 9 points per game. On offense, they score an average of 28.3 points per game, which ranks 36th in their division.
Prediction: Williamsburg to win (81.69% chance of victory)