Week 10 brings about a big game for both the Fairbanks Panthers and the West Jefferson Roughriders as it could ultimately decide the postseason fate of either one. The Roughriders can currently expect to finish the season 2nd at 9-1. For the Panthers, postseason chances aren't quite as high as they are projected to finish 11th in Region 24. The Roughriders are the favorites on Friday, projected to win the game by a score of 50-19. The Roughriders come into the game ranked 10th in Division 5 while the Panthers comes in ranked 44th in Division 6. While the Roughriders look forward to a potentially dominant home victory, the Panthers come in looking for the huge upset. Having matched up in 2018, there is a degree of familiarity between the two. In 2018, the Panthers defeated the Roughriders by a score of 38-24.
Last week, Fairbanks dropped a game 52-0 against the Mechanicsburg Indians. They'll look to get in the win column this week as they hope to finish out the season on a positive note. In recent weeks, the Panthers haven't been quite as successful producing points but they remain the 22nd-ranked offense in Division 6, scoring an average of 35.8 points per game. Their defense gives up an average of 26.6 points per game, which ranks 62nd in their division - in their last 5 games, they've improved, giving up an average of 19.4 points.
West Jefferson tallied up a 61-28 win against the Triad Cardinals last week, bringing their record to 8-1 - they'll look to add to the win column once again on Friday. On offense, the Roughriders have been one of the best in the state this season, ranking 3rd with 48.6 points per game. Recent weeks haven't been quite as explosive as they've averaged 44.5 points per game but they remain one of the most explosive offenses statewide. Their defense gives up an average of 19.4 points per game, ranking 33rd in their division.
Prediction: West Jefferson to win (99.81% chance of victory)