As we reach the end of the season, teams that still have reasonable chances are jockeying for playoff positioning. For the home team in this matchup, the Minford Falcons, anything but a playoff bid would be a disappointment. They come into the week projected to finish 8th in the Region 19 playoff standings. For the visiting Valley Indians, it's a battle to stay in contention. They are currently expected to finish the season 5-5, which would put them around 13th in Region 24. The Falcons are the favorites on Friday, projected to win the game by a score of 25-23. With no true consensus over who's the better team, they'll have to sort all that out on the field. 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 4, a trend they hope to continue. In last year's installment, the Indians came out on top by a score of 42-14.
Last week, Valley dropped a game 42-0 against the Wheelersburg Pirates. They'll look to get in the win column this week as they hope to finish out the season on a positive note. The Indians have struggled on offense, scoring only 9 points per game over their last 3 games. On the year, they rank 66th in Division 6, scoring an average of 22.6 points per game over the course of the season. On the opposite side of the ball, they rank 52nd in the division, allowing 24.1 points per game.
For Minford, this week is a chance to flip the momentum after 2 consecutive losses. Last week was a 38-22 loss against the Waverly Tigers and they'll look to rebound strong on Friday. The Falcons 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 18 points - this season they've averaged 32.2, which ranks 29th in Division 5. Defensively, giving up 22.1 points per game, they rank 44th in the division.
Prediction: Minford to win (91.28% chance of victory)