Clinton-Massie @ Wilmington
Sunday, October 27, 2019
By Staff

Friday's road team, the Clinton-Massie Falcons are looking to continue what's looking like a run at the playoffs as they take on the Wilmington Hurricane. The Falcons are already in good shape, projected to finish 2nd in the Region 16 playoff standings. On the other hand, the Hurricane are projected to finish 21st in Region 11, which would not earn them a playoff berth. Clinton-Massie comes into the game as the favorite, projected to come away with a 36-20 victory. The better team on paper, the Falcons come into the game ranked 27th in the state and 3rd in Division 4. The Hurricane come in ranked 376th in the state and 74th in Division 3. Clinton-Massie, who should be able to quiet the home crowd and control the game, will have to prove they can do so on Friday. One of the more familiar matchups of week 10, both teams know what to expect. Clinton-Massie will hope to continue the recent trend, in which they've won 5 of the last 5 matchups. In last year's installment, the Falcons came out on top by a score of 49-0.

Clinton-Massie comes into the game on a 7-game winning streak. After last week's 45-16 win against the New Richmond Lions, they are 8-1 and look to continue the positive momentum. The Falcons offense has been one of the best in the division, especially in recent weeks. For the year, they rank 4th in Division 4 with 40.4 points per game. Over the last 2 weeks, they've scored an average of 40.4. While their offense is solid, the defense deserves equal credit for the season's successes. Their 9.4 points allowed per game ranks 4th in the division and continues to get better week by week - in their last 3 games, they've given up just 5.33 points per game.

For Wilmington, this week is a chance to flip the momentum after 3 consecutive losses. Last week was a 24-21 loss against the Western Brown Broncos and they'll look to rebound strong on Friday. Particularly in recent weeks, the Hurricane offense has struggled to put points on the board. In their last 2 games, they've put up an average of 17 points per game. Throughout the course of the season, they've averaged 28.9, which ranks 42nd in Division 3. Their defense, while not a top defense in Division 3, has shown signs of improvement. They currently rank 82nd in the division with 28.7 points allowed per game, but have allowed an improved average of 21 points over their last 5 games.

Prediction: Clinton-Massie to win (99.89% chance of victory) 

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