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 Perry Panthers, anything but a playoff bid would be a disappointment. They come into the week projected to finish 4th in the Region 5 playoff standings. For the visiting GlenOak Eagles, it's a battle to stay in contention. They are currently expected to finish the season 1-9, which would put them around 18th in Region 1. The Panthers are the favorites on Friday, projected to win the game by a score of 27-19. The Panthers rank 46th in the state while the Eagles rank 394th in the state and 61st in Division 1. The Eagles come into the game with little regard for pregame statistical breakdowns - while the Panthers believe they are the superior team, the road team will not consider it an upset if they come away with the victory. 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 Panthers have won 4, a trend they hope to continue. In last year's installment, the Panthers came out on top by a score of 42-0.
GlenOak has dropped each of their most recent 8 games and will look to reverse the negative momentum on Friday. They are currently 1-8 and come off of a 17-3 loss against the Lake Blue Streaks. The Eagles 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 1.5 points - this season they've averaged 13.6, which ranks 66th in Division 1. On defense, they'll also be looking for improvement, which they have shown signs of in recent weeks. Over their last 2 games, they've allowed an average of 29 points, an improvement over their 69th-ranked season average of 37.
Looking to rebound from a 28-17 loss against the McKinley Bulldogs last week, Perry will try to establish momentum early and sustain it throughout. Scoring an average of 31.9 points per game on offense, the Panthers rank 24th in Division 2. They've been even more dominant in recent weeks, scoring an average of 36.67 over their last 3 games. Their defense allows an average of 22 points per game, which ranks 37th in their division.
Prediction: Perry to win (99.97% chance of victory)