For the Washington Court House Blue Lions, week 3 brings a matchup that will likely come down to the wire against the Adena Warriors. Coming into the game as a slight 7-point favorite, the Blue Lions will look to prove they are the better team beyond any statistical comparisons. With two teams coming in expecting the win, we won't know for sure who's the better team until they take the field on Friday. The teams did not appear on each other's schedules last season, which presents a degree of unpredictability. Stylistically and schematically, past matchups are often used as a guiding tool. This week, however, each team will likely take time to adjust to an unfamiliar opponent, which should make for some added excitement.
Washington Court House comes into the game 2-0 after a 48-14 win against the Circleville Tigers. After missing out on the playoffs last season, they'll need to put together wins to avoid missing out once again. They are projected to finish the regular season 13th in the region with a record of 6-4. A top team in the division on both sides of the ball, they score an average of 37 points per game on offense, which ranks 14th in Division 4, and allow an average of 7 points per game, ranking 11th in the division.
For Adena, while it is early in the season, playoffs would be a bit of a stretch. Projected to finish the regular season with a 5-5 record, they come into this week projected to finish 15th in the regional playoff standings. On defense, the strength of the team thus far, they rank 5th in Division 6, allowing an average of 7 points per game. Offensively, their average of 21 ranks 61st in their division.
Prediction: Washington Court House to win (50.69% chance of victory)