Week 8 brings about a big game for both the Upper Scioto Valley Rams and the Riverside Pirates as it could ultimately decide the postseason fate of either one. The Pirates can currently expect to finish the season 5th at 6-4. For the Rams, postseason chances aren't quite as high as they are projected to finish 21st in Region 28. The Pirates are the favorites on Friday, projected to win the game by a score of 24-16. The Rams come into the game with little regard for pregame statistical breakdowns - while the Pirates believe they are the superior team, the road team will not consider it an upset if they come away with the victory. The teams have played each other in each of the last five years so neither is likely to surprise the other. Over their last 5 matchups, the Pirates have won 4, a trend they hope to continue. In the most recent season's matchup, the Pirates proved superior, winning 40-0.
Upper Scioto Valley comes off of a 48-0 loss against the Perry Commodores and will look to rebound this week as they hope to finish out the season strong. The Rams offense hasn't been particularly great this season in terms of point production, a trend which continues into recent weeks. Over their last 5 games, they've scored an average of 16.8 points - this season they've averaged 21.1, which ranks 60th in Division 7. On the opposite side of the ball, they rank 60th in the division, allowing 27 points per game.
Riverside tallied up a 6-0 win against the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers last week, bringing their record to 3-4 - they'll look to add to the win column once again on Friday. 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 points - this season they've averaged 18.1, which ranks 73rd in Division 7. Defensively, they'll look to show more signs of improvement after giving up 14 points on average in their last 2 games, improved from a On defense, they'll also be looking for improvement, which they have shown signs of in recent weeks. Over their last 2 games, they've allowed an average of 14 points, an improvement over their 46th-ranked 22.7 points allowed per game on the year.
Prediction: Riverside to win (93.36% chance of victory)