For the Strongsville Mustangs and the Medina Bees, playoff chances are looking grim. A win in Friday's game will likely be the first requirement in either team earning a postseason bid. The Mustangs come into the game with a 39.66% chance of making the playoffs while the Bees come in with a 0.01% chance. Strongsville comes into the game as a 5-point favorite and will look to increase those playoff chances with a win. The better team on paper, the Mustangs come into the game ranked 81st in the state and 40th in Division 1. The Bees come in ranked 117th in the state and 51st in Division 1. Strongsville comes in expecting to come away with the road victory. However, it looks to be one of the more hotly contested matchups of the week and Medina will be looking to defend their home field and finish the game on top. 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 Mustangs have been superior, coming out on top in 3 of them. However, the past won't matter come kickoff. In last year's installment, the Bees came out on top by a score of 42 - 23.
Strongsville has dropped each of their most recent 3 games and will look to reverse the negative momentum on Friday. They are currently 2-4 and come off of a 38 - 30 loss against the Euclid Panthers. Thus far, they haven't been particularly strong in terms of scoring on either side of the ball. Their offense ranks 29th in Division 1, scoring an average of 30.7 points per game. On defense, giving up 31.7 points per game, they rank 62nd in the division.
Medina looks to rebound after a 49 - 14 loss against the Mentor Cardinals last week, which brought their record to 2-4. The Bees have struggled thus far on each side of the ball. Scoring 15.7 points per game, they rank 62nd in Division 1. Defensively, giving up 33 points per game, ranks 66th in the division.
Prediction: Strongsville to win (61.46% chance of victory)