In a week 10 matchup with major playoff implications, the Archbold Blue Streaks go on the road to face off against the Wauseon Indians. The Blue Streaks enter the game projected to finish 7th in Region 23 at 8-2. The Indians come in projected to finish 1st in Region 14 at 9-1 The Indians come into the game as 11-point favorites and expect to take home the victory and ultimately complete their pursuit of the postseason. The game has implications regarding the strength of divisions 4 and 6 against one another as one of each division's best will take the field on Friday. The Indians enter the game ranked 21st in Division 4 while the Blue Streaks enter the game ranked 18th in Division 6. The Blue Streaks come into the game with little regard for pregame statistical breakdowns - while the Indians 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 Indians have won 3, a trend they hope to continue. In the most recent season's matchup, the Blue Streaks proved superior, winning 35-7.
Archbold is currently on a 3-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Friday. Coming off of a 42-7 win against the Swanton Bulldogs, they are 8-1 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. The Blue Streaks offense has been one of the best in the division, especially in recent weeks. For the year, they rank 17th in Division 6 with 38.1 points per game. Over the last 3 weeks, they've scored an average of 38.1. Their defense ranks 26th in their division giving up an average of 17.8 points per game, but they've been improving with each game - over the last 3 weeks, they've allowed an average of 8.67 points.
Wauseon will look to continue the momentum of their 4-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 48-14 win against the Delta Panthers last week, bringing their record to 8-1. While the Indians haven't been the most high-powered offense throughout the season, they have been improving week to week. In the last 2 weeks, they've averaged 38, up from their season average of 29.4, which ranks 35th in Division 4. On defense, they haven't been any better statistically, ranking 13th in their division, allowing 14.4 points per game.
Prediction: Wauseon to win (75.35% chance of victory)