In a week 10 matchup with major playoff implications, the Bellevue Redmen go on the road to face off against the Clyde Fliers. The Redmen enter the game projected to finish 8th in Region 14 at 6-4. The Fliers come in projected to finish 7th in Region 14 at 6-4 The Fliers come into the game as 5-point favorites and expect to take home the victory and ultimately complete their pursuit of the postseason. Clyde enters the game as the 12th-ranked team in Division 4, which makes this a key matchup in the division as Bellevue comes in ranked 22nd. For the Fliers, a hard-fought home victory would definitely be a momentum boost. However, the Redmen come in expecting to steal one on the road and the momentum along with it. 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 Redmen have won 3, a trend they hope to continue. In the most recent season's matchup, the Redmen proved superior, winning 28-21.
Bellevue is 6-3 after their 35-26 win against the Sandusky Blue Streaks last week. This week, they look to build on that victory on the way to what they hope will be a strong finish to the season. The Redmen have struggled on offense, scoring only 24.5 points per game over their last 2 games. On the year, they rank 27th in Division 4, scoring an average of 31.8 points per game over the course of the season. The defense hasn't been much better statistically, giving up an average of 16.6 points per game, which ranks 21st in their division.
For Clyde, this week is a chance to flip the momentum after 3 consecutive losses. Last week was a 41-40 loss against the Norwalk Truckers and they'll look to rebound strong on Friday. In recent weeks, the Fliers haven't been quite as explosive on offense but they remain the 12th-ranked offense in Division 4, scoring an average of 36.3 points per game. On defense, they rank 56th in their division, giving up an average of 23 points per game.
Prediction: Clyde to win (87.65% chance of victory)