The Watkins Memorial Warriors come into Friday projected to finish the season 3-7 at 21st in Region 7. They host the Granville Blue Aces, who are currently expected to make the playoffs at 4th in Region 11. Granville have the edge on paper, entering the game as a 3-point favorite. However, the battle for a postseason bid can only be decided on the field. The Blue Aces, one of the better teams statewide, come into the game ranked 84th. On the other hand, the Warriors come in ranked 373rd in the state and 69th in Division 2. As slight road favorites, the Blue Aces come in hoping to edge out the Warriors on their home field. 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 Blue Aces have won 4, a trend they hope to continue. In the most recent season's matchup, the Blue Aces proved superior, winning 33-7.
Last week, Granville dropped a game 28-12 against the Licking Valley Panthers. They'll look to get in the win column this week as they hope to finish out the season on a positive note. Particularly in recent weeks, the Blue Aces offense has struggled to put points on the board. In their last 2 games, they've put up an average of 24 points per game. Throughout the course of the season, they've averaged 30.9, which ranks 33rd in Division 3. On defense, they haven't been any better statistically, ranking 2nd in their division, allowing 7.9 points per game.
Coming off of a 29-28 loss against the Hebron Lakewood Lancers, Watkins Memorial, hopes to build some momentum and rebound strongly with a win. While the Warriors offense has not been particularly great, ranked 75th in Division 2 with 18.4 points per game, they have improved in recent weeks, averaging 31.5 points over their last 2 contests. On the opposite side of the ball, they rank 60th in the division, allowing 26 points per game.
Prediction: Granville to win (98.79% chance of victory)