Friday's matchup between the Cardington-Lincoln Pirates and the Fredericktown Freddies takes place between two teams that, as of now, most likely will not earn postseason bids. Currently, the Pirates and the Freddies are projected to finish 25th and 23rd in their respective regional playoff standings. Fredericktown enters the week as a 12-point favorite and will look to expand their playoff chances with a victory on Friday. Cardington-Lincoln 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 9, both teams know what to expect. Fredericktown will hope to continue the recent trend, in which they've won 4 of the last 5 matchups. In last year's installment, the Freddies came out on top by a score of 32-14.
Cardington-Lincoln comes into the game on a 8-game losing streak, which they hope to put to an end on Friday. Their 41-7 loss against the Marengo Highland Fighting Scots last week brings their record to 0-8. The Pirates 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 10.5 points - this season they've averaged 14.2, which ranks 81st in Division 7. Defensively, giving up 37.1 points per game, they rank 91st in the division.
Fredericktown will come into the week looking to put an end to their current 3-game losing streak after a 54-7 loss against the East Knox Bulldogs brought their record down to 1-7. The Freddies have struggled on offense, scoring only 7 points per game over their last 2 games. On the year, they rank 94th in Division 5, scoring an average of 13.6 points per game over the course of the season. On the opposite side of the ball, they rank 100th in the division, allowing 40.8 points per game.
Prediction: Fredericktown to win (81.77% chance of victory)