The Rock Hill Redmen come into Friday projected to finish the season 1-9 at 25th in Region 19. They host the Gallia Academy Blue Devils, who are currently expected to make the playoffs at 5th in Region 15. Gallia Academy have the edge on paper, entering the game as a 9-point favorite. However, the battle for a postseason bid can only be decided on the field. The Redmen will go into Friday looking to prove that, contrary to statistical analysis, they are the better team. There is a certain degree of familiarity between the two teams after they faced off last season. Last year, the Blue Devils got the better of the Redmen, winning by a score of 43-20.
Looking to build upon their 7-game winning streak, Gallia Academy comes into the week at 7-0. After their 44-20 win against the Dawson-Bryant Hornets, they are confident in their ability to finish strong. The Blue Devils have boasted one of Division 4's best offenses all season, averaging 35.4 points per game, which ranks 12th. In their last 4 games, they've been even better, scoring 43 points per game. On defense, their last few weeks haven't even done justice to how good they've been all season. They've given up 18.75 points per game over their last 4, down from their average of 12.6, which ranks 13th in their division on the season.
Rock Hill looks to rebound after a 46-0 loss against the Ironton Fighting Tigers last week, which brought their record to 1-6. The Redmen have struggled on offense, scoring only 12.67 points per game over their last 3 games. On the year, they rank 89th in Division 5, scoring an average of 15.3 points per game over the course of the season. Their defense, while not a top defense in Division 5, has shown signs of improvement. They currently rank 90th in the division with 35.7 points allowed per game, but have allowed an improved average of 32.6 points over their last 5 games.