Friday's matchup between the LaBrae Vikings and the Crestview Rebels takes place between two teams that most likely will not make the playoffs. The Vikings come into the week projected to finish 18th in the Region 21 playoff standings. The Rebels are projected to finish 16th in Region 17. Crestview comes in as a 2-point favorite as each team fights to close out the regular season strong. In one that could easily go either way, they'll each take the field with something to prove. A new matchup on the schedule for each team, Friday's game is a chance for each to test its skills and strategies against an unfamiliar opponent. Usually, matchups from the previous year are used in developing a strategy for upcoming games. For these two, no such opportunity will be afforded.
LaBrae comes into the game on a 2-game losing streak, which they hope to put to an end on Friday. Their 28-14 loss against the Lucas Cubs last week brings their record to 3-6. The Vikings offense will look to continue to improve as they've scored an average of 27.67 points per game over their last 3 games, up from their season average of 21.7, which ranks 71st in Division 6. On defense, they rank 38th in the division, giving up 21.4 points per game.
For Crestview, Friday is a chance to expand on a 3-game winning streak after their 35-0 win against the Champion Golden Flashes brought their record to 4-5. While the Rebels haven't been the most high-powered offense throughout the season, they have been improving week to week. In the last 3 weeks, they've averaged 33.67, up from their season average of 24.6, which ranks 59th in Division 5. They've played at a simiar level on defense, ranking 52nd in their division, giving up 23.1 points per game. Over their last 2 games, however, they have made progress, giving up an average of 3 points per game.
Prediction: Crestview to win (58.77% chance of victory)