One of the most competitive matchups of week 3 pits the Perrysburg Yellow Jackets against the Whitmer Panthers. The Yellow Jackets are projected to win by a score of 24-23 in what is essentially a toss-up game. Friday's matchup will feature two of the state's top 100 teams. The Yellow Jackets come into the game ranked 59th in the state while the Panthers come in ranked 24th. A major challenge on the schedule for both teams, this looks to be one of the more competitive games of the week. 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 Panthers have been superior, coming out on top in 3 of them. However, the past won't matter come kickoff. In 2018's matchup, the Panthers came away with a 45-15 victory.
After a 42-16 win against the Findlay Trojans, Perrysburg is sitting at 2-0, projected to finish 4th in the region for a spot in the playoffs after missing out a year ago. A top team in the division on both sides of the ball, they score an average of 47.5 points per game on offense, which ranks 2nd in Division 1, and allow an average of 8 points per game, ranking 9th in the division.
After last week's 14-7 win against the Detroit Catholic Central Shamrocks, Whitmer is 2-0 and projected to finish 6th in the regional playoff standings. As a potential playoff bubble team, every game means that much more in the hunt for the postseason. They're solid on both sides of the ball in terms of scoring. Their offense ranks 22nd in Division 1, averaging 31 points per game. On defense, they rank 2nd in the division, allowing an average of 3.5 points per game.
Prediction: Perrysburg to win (96.18% chance of victory)