The Cardington-Lincoln Pirates head into a tough matchup this week, coming into Friday as 12-point underdogs against the Fredericktown Freddies. This looks to be one of the more hotly contested matchups of the week as two relatively evenly matched teams fight to claim superiority. Cardington-Lincoln will be tested at home against a formidable Fredericktown team. While the road team is expected to get the victory, overcoming homefield advantage could be a major challenge for Friday's favorite. 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 Freddies have been superior, coming out on top in 3 of them. However, the past won't matter come kickoff. In 2018's matchup, the Pirates came away with a 28-6 victory.
Coming off of a 42-20 win against the Utica Redskins, the Freddies will need to outperform expectations during the remainder of the regular season to earn a playoff spot. They are currently projected to finish 9th in the region with a record of 6-4. They could use some improvement on both sides of the ball - on offense, they rank 76th in Division 6 with 16.3 points per game; on defense, they give up 38.7 points per game, which ranks 93rd.
Cardington-Lincoln comes into the week looking to improve their position in the standings. It is early in the season but, coming into Friday's game 0-3, they are projected to finish the season ranked 25th in the regional playoff standings. The Pirates have struggled thus far on each side of the ball. Scoring 13 points per game, they rank 87th in Division 6. Defensively, giving up 40 points per game, ranks 100th in the division.