Thursday's road team, the Xenia Buccaneers are looking to continue what's looking like a run at the playoffs as they take on the Fairborn Skyhawks. The Buccaneers are already in good shape, projected to finish 4th in the Region 8 playoff standings. On the other hand, the Skyhawks are projected to finish 20th in Region 8, which would not earn them a playoff berth. Xenia comes into the game as the favorite, projected to come away with a 32-18 victory. The Buccaneers travel to the home field of the Skyhawks expecting a win. However, the Skyhawks will pay little attention to pregame predictions as they look to defend 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 Buccaneers have won 4, a trend they hope to continue. In last year's installment, the Buccaneers came out on top by a score of 50-8.
Xenia comes into the game on a 8-game winning streak. After last week's 24-22 win against the Troy Trojans, they are 8-1 and look to continue the positive momentum. While the Buccaneers offense has not been particularly great, ranked 43rd in Division 2 with 27.4 points per game, they have improved in recent weeks, averaging 30.5 points over their last 2 contests. On defense, they're not much better statistically. They rank 6th in their division, allowing 9.7 points per game. However, they have improved as the season's gone on, giving up an average of 5.33 points over their last 6.
For Fairborn, this week is a chance to flip the momentum after 2 consecutive losses. Last week was a 38-15 loss against the West Carrollton Pirates and they'll look to rebound strong on Thursday. The Skyhawks offense hasn't been particularly great this season in terms of point production, a trend which continues into recent weeks. Over their last 2 games, they've scored an average of 11 points - this season they've averaged 19.9, which ranks 67th in Division 2. On defense, they haven't been any better statistically, ranking 20th in their division, allowing 18 points per game.
Prediction: Xenia to win (99.50% chance of victory)