Aurora @ Barberton
Sunday, October 6, 2019
By Staff

Friday's road team, the Aurora Greenmen are looking to continue what's looking like a run at the playoffs as they take on the Barberton Magics. The Greenmen are already in good shape, projected to finish 2nd in the Region 9 playoff standings. On the other hand, the Magics are projected to finish 9th in Region 6, which would not earn them a playoff berth. Aurora comes into the game as the favorite, projected to come away with a 31-19 victory. Friday's matchup will feature two of the state's top 100 teams. The Greenmen come into the game ranked 34th in the state while the Magics come in ranked 58th. The Magics will go into Friday looking to prove that, contrary to statistical analysis, they are the better team. A rematch from their game last season, this matchup will be a good gauge on how each team has improved or regressed. In 2018, the Magics defeated the Greenmen by a score of 42-20.

Aurora comes into the game on a 6-game winning streak. After last week's 41-0 win against the Roosevelt Rough Riders, they are 6-0 and look to continue the positive momentum. They're a shutdown defense, giving up 4.3 points per game, ranking 5th in the state. Their offense scores an average of 30.3 points per game, ranking 192nd.

Barberton will look to continue the momentum of their 4-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 38-0 win against the Copley Indians last week, bringing their record to 5-1. The Magics are one of the best teams in Division 2 on both sides of the ball. Their offense, ranked 7th in the division, scores 41 points per game. The Magics defense ranks 14th, giving up 13.5.

Prediction: Aurora to win (60.41% chance of victory) 

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