As we reach the end of the season, teams that still have reasonable chances are jockeying for playoff positioning. For the home team in this matchup, the Patrick Henry Patriots, anything but a playoff bid would be a disappointment. They come into the week projected to finish 5th in the Region 26 playoff standings. For the visiting Delta Panthers, it's a battle to stay in contention. They are currently expected to finish the season 0-10, which would put them around 27th in Region 23. The Patriots are the favorites on Friday, projected to win the game by a score of 25-14. Patrick Henry ranks 9th in Division 7 as opposed to Delta, who rank 82nd in Division 6. Delta hopes to mount an effort on Friday that will prove that they are, indeed, the better of the two. One of the more familiar matchups of week 10, both teams know what to expect. Patrick Henry will hope to continue the recent trend, in which they've won 4 of the last 5 matchups. In the most recent season's matchup, the Patriots proved superior, winning 28-7.
Delta comes into the game on a 9-game losing streak, which they hope to put to an end on Friday. Their 48-14 loss against the Wauseon Indians last week brings their record to 0-9. The Panthers offense will look to continue to improve as they've scored an average of 13.5 points per game over their last 2 games, up from their season average of 10.1, which ranks 101st in Division 6. On defense, they rank 95th in the division, giving up 36.8 points per game.
Patrick Henry will come into the week looking to put an end to their current 2-game losing streak after a 35-13 loss against the Liberty Center Tigers brought their record down to 6-3. The Patriots offense is the 15th-ranked offense in Division 7, scoring an average of 32.7 points per game over the course of the season. In their last 2 games, however, they haven't been quite as explosive as they've averaged 20 points per game. Their defense allows an average of 22.4 points per game, which ranks 40th in their division.
Prediction: Patrick Henry to win (99.95% chance of victory)