The matchup between the Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets and the West Holmes Knights on Friday won't have any playoff implications as each team has been mathematically eliminated from the postseason. However, each team wishes to finish out the season strong. The Knights come into the game as 2-point favorites, projected to win the game by a score of 29 - 27. In one that could easily go either way, they'll each take the field with something to prove. The teams did not appear on each other's schedules last season, which presents a degree of unpredictability. Strategically, this might lead to complications that could throw off the gameplan of either team.
Mount Vernon comes off of a 44 - 17 loss against the Mansfield Senior Tygers and will look to rebound this week as they hope to finish out the season strong. While the Yellow Jackets offense has not been particularly great, ranked 64th in Division 2 with 21.3 points per game, they have improved in recent weeks, averaging 39.5 points over their last 2 contests. On defense, they rank 46th in the division, giving up 24.3 points per game.
Looking to rebound from a 49 - 48 loss against the Ashland Arrows last week, West Holmes will try to establish momentum early and sustain it throughout. The Knights offense is one of the most high-powered in their division, particularly in recent weeks. For the year, they rank 23rd in Division 3 with 35.4 points per game. Over the last 3 weeks, they've scored an average of 35.4. Their defense ranks 89th in their division allowing an average of 32.1 points per game, but they have shown improvement in recent weeks - in their last 3 games, they've given up an average of 23.33 points.
Prediction: West Holmes to win (52.92% chance of victory)