Week 10 is a chance for the Mansfield Senior Tygers to expand their already-solid playoff chances. They come into Friday projected to finish 2nd in Region 10. They host the Madison Rams, currently projected to finish 26th in Region 10. Mansfield Senior has the edge on paper, entering the game as a 24-point favorite. However, the battle for a postseason bid can only be decided on the field. Mansfield Senior ranks 22nd in Division 3 as opposed to Madison, who rank 101st in Division 3. Mansfield Senior, who should theoretically control the game on Friday, look forward to proving they are the better team. 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 Tygers have been superior, coming out on top in 4 of them. However, the past won't matter come kickoff. In 2018's matchup, the Tygers came away with a 42-3 victory.
Madison comes into the game on a 9-game losing streak, which they hope to put to an end on Friday. Their 42-0 loss against the Lexington Minutemen last week brings their record to 0-9. Particularly in recent weeks, the Rams offense has struggled to put points on the board. In their last 5 games, they've put up an average of 9.8 points per game. Throughout the course of the season, they've averaged 11.6, which ranks 100th in Division 3. Defensively, giving up 44.9 points per game, they rank 106th in the division.
After a 34-14 win against the Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets brought their record to 8-1, Mansfield Senior will be looking to carry that momentum over and earn another victory. The Tygers have struggled on offense, scoring only 25.5 points per game over their last 2 games. On the year, they rank 29th in Division 3, scoring an average of 32 points per game over the course of the season. The defense hasn't been much better statistically, giving up an average of 9.3 points per game, which ranks 7th in their division.
Prediction: Mansfield Senior to win (99.99% chance of victory)