The Buckeye Valley Barons and the Ontario Warriors meet on Friday for what could be an important matchup - while both currently have less than a 50% chance of making the playoffs, every win counts at the end of the season. The Barons are expected to finish 1-9, good for 25th in Region 11. The Warriors are projected to finish 18th in Region 14 at 4-6. Ontario will be the favorite, projected to come out on top by a score of 27 - 18. The Barons come into the game with little regard for pregame statistical breakdowns - while the Warriors believe they are the superior team, the road team will not consider it an upset if they come away with the victory. Having matched up in 2017, there is a degree of familiarity between the two. In 2017, the Barons defeated the Warriors by a score of 34 - 20.
Last week, Buckeye Valley dropped a game 44 - 0 against the Clear Fork Colts. They'll look to get in the win column this week as they hope to finish out the season on a positive note. Thus far, they haven't been particularly strong in terms of scoring on either side of the ball. Their offense ranks 96th in Division 3, scoring an average of 10.6 points per game. On defense, giving up 27.2 points per game, they rank 73rd in the division.
Ontario looks to rebound after a 47 - 14 loss against the North Union Wildcats last week, which brought their record to 3-2. Neither side of the ball has been particularly strong for the Warriors. Their offense scores an average of 17.2 points per game and their defense allows an average of 22.8 points per game, ranking 76th and 53rd in Division 4 respectively.
Prediction: Ontario to win (70.82% chance of victory)