Friday's matchup between the Medina Bees and the Brunswick Blue Devils takes place between two teams that most likely will not make the playoffs. The Bees come into the week projected to finish 13th in the Region 1 playoff standings. The Blue Devils are projected to finish 17th in Region 1. Brunswick comes in as a 1-point favorite as each team fights to close out the regular season strong. 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 Blue Devils have won 4, a trend they hope to continue. In last year's installment, the Blue Devils came out on top by a score of 25-23.
After their 51-7 win against the Elyria Pioneers last week, Medina is 3-5 and looks to finish the season strong. While the Bees offense has not been particularly great, ranked 39th in Division 1 with 23.2 points per game, they have improved in recent weeks, averaging 34 points over their last 2 contests. They rank similarly on defense, coming in at 55th in their division, allowing 26.5 points per game. That number has generally gone up in recent weeks as they've given up an average of 19 points in their last 2 games.
Coming off of a 42-7 loss against the Euclid Panthers, Brunswick, hopes to build some momentum and rebound strongly with a win. While the Blue Devils offense has not been particularly great, ranked 70th in Division 1 with 10.2 points per game, they have improved in recent weeks, averaging 19 points over their last 2 contests. On the opposite side of the ball, they rank 53rd in the division, allowing 25.4 points per game.
Prediction: Brunswick to win (50.64% chance of victory)