On Friday, the Wayne Warriors are looking forward to a game which they should theoretically control. As a projected 37 - 20 winner, the pressure is on them to come out swinging against the Northmont Thunderbolts, a team that's not expected to simply roll over. The Thunderbolts head into Friday ranked 41st in the state and will travel to take on a fellow top-100 team as the Warriors come in ranked 8th. For Northmont, this is a chance to prove themselves legitimate by coming out on top against a solid opponent. For Wayne, this week is simply about doing what's expected of them. 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 Warriors have won 5, a trend they hope to continue. In 2017's matchup, the Warriors came away with a 38 - 35 victory.
Northmont comes into Friday's game 4-0 after a 43 - 16 win against the Butler Aviators. They come into the week projected to finish the season 8-2, which should place them in the playoffs as the region's 6th best team. Thus far, they've been one of the best teams in their division on both sides of the ball. Their 39.5 points per game ranks 3rd in Division 1 while their 16 points allowed per game ranks 24th.
Wayne comes into the game 2-2 after their 30 - 13 loss against the Miamisburg Vikings last week. They are projected to finish the season 8th in the regional playoff standings, which puts them towards the top of the playoff bubble. The Warriors come in as the 13th-ranked offense in Division 1, scoring 34.8 points per game. On defense, they rank 52nd, giving up an average of 25.8.
Prediction: Wayne to win (87.75% chance of victory)