Friday's matchup between the Clermont Northeastern Rockets and the Williamsburg Wildcats takes place between two teams that, as of now, most likely will not earn postseason bids. Currently, the Rockets and the Wildcats are projected to finish 15th and 12th in their respective regional playoff standings. Williamsburg enters the week as a 26-point favorite and will look to expand their playoff chances with a victory on Friday. The Rockets will come into the game looking for the upset while the Wildcats look to meet expectations by controlling the game from start to finish. 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 Wildcats have been superior, coming out on top in 3 of them. However, the past won't matter come kickoff. In the most recent season's matchup, the Rockets proved superior, winning 43-0.
Clermont Northeastern is currently on a 2-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Friday. Coming off of a 35-18 win against the East Clinton Astros, they are 5-4 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. The Rockets offense will look to continue to improve as they've scored an average of 39.5 points per game over their last 2 games, up from their season average of 29.3, which ranks 42nd in Division 5. They aren't a top defense in terms of points allowed either, but they have given up less points in recent weeks. While they rank 26th in their division on the season with 18.3 points allowed per game, they've given up an improved average of 12 points over their last 2 games.
After a 35-33 win against the Bethel-Tate Tigers brought their record to 5-4, Williamsburg will be looking to carry that momentum over and earn another victory. While the Wildcats haven't been the most high-powered offense throughout the season, they have been improving week to week. In the last 2 weeks, they've averaged 31, up from their season average of 24.4, which ranks 57th in Division 6. On defense, they rank 50th in the division, giving up 23.4 points per game.
Prediction: Williamsburg to win (90.14% chance of victory)