Friday's matchup between the Washington Court House Blue Lions and the Hillsboro Indians takes place between two teams that most likely will not make the playoffs. The Blue Lions come into the week projected to finish 10th in the Region 16 playoff standings. The Indians are projected to finish 15th in Region 16. Washington Court House comes in as a 8-point favorite as each team fights to close out the regular season strong. The Indians will go into Friday looking to prove that, contrary to statistical analysis, they are the better team. One of the more familiar matchups of week 8, both teams know what to expect. Washington Court House will hope to continue the recent trend, in which they've won 3 of the last 5 matchups. In last year's installment, the Indians came out on top by a score of 71-50.
Last week, Washington Court House dropped a game 34-7 against the Jackson Ironmen. They'll look to get in the win column this week as they hope to finish out the season on a positive note. The Blue Lions 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 20 points - this season they've averaged 26.4, which ranks 47th in Division 4. On the opposite side of the ball, they rank 33rd in the division, allowing 17.9 points per game.
For Hillsboro, this week is a chance to flip the momentum after 3 consecutive losses. Last week was a 49-6 loss against the Chillicothe Cavaliers and they'll look to rebound strong on Friday. While the Indians haven't been the most high-powered offense throughout the season, they have been improving week to week. In the last 2 weeks, they've averaged 16.5, up from their season average of 15, which ranks 85th in Division 4. On the opposite side of the ball, they rank 69th in the division, allowing 26 points per game.