The Girard Indians enter week 3 as 1-point underdogs against the John F Kennedy Eagles, who are projected to win the game by a score of 27-26. One of the closest games on the schedule for the week, this matchup could easily go either way. This week's matchup features two of the top 25 teams in their respective divisions. The Indians rank 5th in Division 4 while the Eagles rank 7th in Division 7. With no definitive indication over who is truly the better team, each side will have to make its case on the field come Saturday. The teams are no strangers to one another, playing against each other in each of the last five years. Over their last 5 matchups, the Indians have been superior, coming out on top in 3 of them. However, the past won't matter come kickoff. In 2018's matchup, the Indians came away with a 47-0 victory.
Girard comes off of a 29-23 win against the West Branch Warriors, which brought their record to 2-0. They are projected to finish the season 14th in the region with a record of 4-6 - they'll need to do better than that to secure a spot in the postseason. Thus far, they've been one of the best teams in their division on both sides of the ball. Their 44.5 points per game ranks 6th in Division 4 while their 11.5 points allowed per game ranks 23rd.
After reaching the Regional Finals last season, the Eagles look poised to mount another playoff run in 2019. Their 42-6 win against the Valley Christian Eagles brings their record to 2-0. As of now, they're projected to get into the playoffs as the region's 6th-ranked team, but every game is supremely important for a team on the playoff bubble. The Eagles boast one of the best defenses in their division, ranking 7th in Division 7 allowing 6 points per game. Offensively they score an average of 24.5 points, which ranks 47th in the division.
Prediction: John F Kennedy to win (50.31% chance of victory)