Week 10 is a chance for the Garaway Pirates to expand their already-solid playoff chances. They come into Friday projected to finish 6th in Region 17. They host the Tuscarawas Valley Trojans, currently projected to finish 24th in Region 21. Garaway has the edge on paper, entering the game as a 22-point favorite. However, the battle for a postseason bid can only be decided on the field. The Trojans will have a chance to move up in the rankings this week - coming into the game ranked 72nd in Division 6, they take on one of Division 5's best as the Pirates come in ranked 18th in that division. Garaway, who should theoretically control the game on Friday, look forward to proving they are the better team. Having matched up in 2018, there is a degree of familiarity between the two. Last season, the Trojans beat the Pirates 13-9.
Tuscarawas Valley comes into the game on a 2-game losing streak, which they hope to put to an end on Friday. Their 49-17 loss against the Indian Valley Braves last week brings their record to 2-7. The Trojans have struggled on offense, scoring only 12 points per game over their last 2 games. On the year, they rank 54th in Division 6, scoring an average of 25 points per game over the course of the season. On defense, they rank 93rd in the division, giving up 35.8 points per game.
Garaway will be looking to put together a win streak coming off of a 35-7 win over the Newcomerstown Trojans last week, which brings their record to 7-2. The Pirates offense hasn't been particularly great this season in terms of point production, a trend which continues into recent weeks. Over their last 3 games, they've scored an average of 18.33 points - this season they've averaged 31.2, which ranks 33rd in Division 5. On defense, they haven't been any better statistically, ranking 20th in their division, allowing 16.3 points per game.
Prediction: Garaway to win (99.94% chance of victory)