The Logan Elm Braves come into Friday projected to finish the season 2-8 at 21st in Region 15. They host the Amanda-Clearcreek Aces, who are currently expected to make the playoffs at 4th in Region 19. Amanda-Clearcreek have the edge on paper, entering the game as a 4-point favorite. However, the battle for a postseason bid can only be decided on the field. Amanda-Clearcreek comes in as Division 5's 20th-ranked team. Logan Elm comes in ranked 75th in Division 4. With two teams coming in expecting the win, we won't know for sure who's the better team until they take the field on Friday. The teams are no strangers to one another, playing against each other in each of the last five years. Over their last 5 matchups, the Aces have been superior, coming out on top in 5 of them. However, the past won't matter come kickoff. In the most recent season's matchup, the Aces proved superior, winning 28-14.
Amanda-Clearcreek will look to rebound this week after their Teays Valley Vikings in their last game. Particularly in recent weeks, the Aces offense has struggled to put points on the board. In their last 2 games, they've put up an average of 28 points per game. Throughout the course of the season, they've averaged 32.3, which ranks 28th in Division 5. Defensively, giving up 20.6 points per game, they rank 36th in the division.
For Logan Elm, this week is a chance to flip the momentum after 2 consecutive losses. Last week was a 41-20 loss against the Bloom-Carroll Bulldogs and they'll look to rebound strong on Friday. The Braves 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 19.7, which ranks 70th in Division 4. Their defense, while not a top defense in Division 4, has shown signs of improvement. They currently rank 76th in the division with 30.9 points allowed per game, but have allowed an improved average of 22 points over their last 4 games.
Prediction: Amanda-Clearcreek to win (99.25% chance of victory)