In a week 6 matchup with major playoff implications, the Wheelersburg Pirates go on the road to face off against the Oak Hill Oaks. The Pirates enter the game projected to finish 1st in Region 20 at 9-1. The Oaks come in projected to finish 5th in Region 19 at 8-2 The Pirates come into the game as 29-point favorites and expect to take home the victory and ultimately complete their pursuit of the postseason. The Pirates, one of the better teams statewide, come into the game ranked 12th. On the other hand, the Oaks come in ranked 311th in the state and 43rd in Division 5. The Pirates will invade the home field of the Oaks looking to come away with a decisive victory. For Oak Hill, against a formidable opponent, this means they'll need to elevate their play substantially. Having matched up in 2017, there is a degree of familiarity between the two. Last season, the Pirates beat the Oaks 44 - 0.
Wheelersburg is currently on a 3-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Friday. Coming off of a 33 - 14 win against the Jackson Ironmen, they are 4-1 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. On defense, the strength of the team, they rank 19th in Division 5, giving up 14.2 points per game. Offensively, scoring 30 points per game, they rank 34th.
For Oak Hill, Friday is a chance to expand on a 3-game winning streak after their 40 - 7 win against the Notre Dame Titans brought their record to 4-1. Neither side of the ball has been particularly strong for the Oaks. Their offense scores an average of 30.8 points per game and their defense allows an average of 17.4 points per game, ranking 31st and 32nd in Division 5 respectively.
Prediction: Wheelersburg to win (98.11% chance of victory)