For the Fairfield Indians, week 4 brings a matchup that will likely come down to the wire against the Lakota West Firebirds. Coming into the game as a slight 7-point favorite, the Indians will look to prove they are the better team beyond any statistical comparisons. The Firebirds head into Friday ranked 61st in the state and will travel to take on a fellow top-100 team as the Indians come in ranked 23rd. This looks to be a close and exciting game, which will be fun at least for the team that comes out on top. Having matched up in 2017, there is a degree of familiarity between the two. Last year, the Indians got the better of the Firebirds, winning by a score of 10 - 3.
After two weeks, the Firebirds are looking like an improved team. After failing to make the playoffs in 2017, they come into week 4 with a 1-2 record. Projected to finish 7th in the region, they have a strong chance of making the playoffs if they can win the games they're expected to. Thus far, they haven't been particularly strong in terms of scoring on either side of the ball. Their offense ranks 69th in Division 1, scoring an average of 9 points per game. On defense, giving up 18.7 points per game, they rank 36th in the division.
For Fairfield, last week's 40 - 6 win against the Hamilton Big Blue brings their record to 2-1. Projected to finish 3rd in the region with a 8-2 record, they'll likely be looking at playoffs if they can meet expectations. The Indians rank top 25 for Division 1 in both scoring offense and scoring defense. The offense ranks 12th with an average of 34.3 points per game while their defense ranks 22nd, giving up 14 points per game.
Prediction: Fairfield to win (77.19% chance of victory)