The Dublin Jerome Celtics head into a tough matchup this week, coming into Friday as 9-point underdogs against the Dublin Coffman Shamrocks. This looks to be one of the more hotly contested matchups of the week as two relatively evenly matched teams fight to claim superiority. Dublin Coffman, the 10th-ranked team in the state, host a fellow top-100 team this week as Dublin Jerome comes into the game ranked 51st. Dublin Jerome looks to silence the crowd early as Dublin Coffman comes into the game expecting a relatively decisive victory. While a lot of factors point to a home victory, it will still require a valiant effort from the Shamrocks to come away with the win. There is a certain degree of familiarity between the two teams after they faced off last season. Last year, the Shamrocks got the better of the Celtics, winning by a score of 45-14.
In 2019, Dublin Jerome has a competitive advantage in the region as opposed to last season. After missing out on the playoffs in 2018, they sit at 2-0 and are projected to finish 5th in the regional playoff standings. A top team in the division on both sides of the ball, they score an average of 39.5 points per game on offense, which ranks 11th in Division 1, and allow an average of 8.5 points per game, ranking 11th in the division.
Dublin Coffman, after a playoff appearance last season, is poised to make another run in 2019. They enter the game projected to finish the season 9-1, which should be good for 5th in the regional playoff standings. They're solid on both sides of the ball in terms of scoring. Their offense ranks 22nd in Division 1, averaging 31 points per game. On defense, they rank 19th in the division, allowing an average of 13.5 points per game.
Prediction: Dublin Coffman to win (98.70% chance of victory)