Friday's matchup between the Jefferson Wildcats and the Spencerville Bearcats takes place between two teams that most likely will not make the playoffs. The Wildcats come into the week projected to finish 24th in the Region 23 playoff standings. The Bearcats are projected to finish 10th in Region 23. Spencerville comes in as a 7-point favorite as each team fights to close out the regular season strong. Spencerville ranks 19th in Division 6 as opposed to Jefferson, who rank 67th in Division 6. Statistics and rankings aside, this one's completely up in the air and will likely go to whichever team plays at its highest level. One of the more familiar matchups of week 10, both teams know what to expect. Jefferson will hope to continue the recent trend, in which they've won 4 of the last 5 matchups. In last year's installment, the Bearcats came out on top by a score of 54-0.
Jefferson looks to get back on track this week as they come in on a 6-game losing streak. They are currently 1-8 after a 63-0 loss against the Columbus Grove Bulldogs last week. The Wildcats offense hasn't been particularly great this season in terms of point production, a trend which continues into recent weeks. Over their last 2 games, they've scored an average of 7 points - this season they've averaged 20, which ranks 78th in Division 6. Defensively, giving up 49.3 points per game, they rank 104th in the division.
After a 35-0 win against the Bluffton Pirates brought their record to 6-3, Spencerville will be looking to carry that momentum over and earn another victory. The Bearcats offense will look to continue to improve as they've scored an average of 41 points per game over their last 4 games, up from their season average of 33, which ranks 27th in Division 6. On defense, they rank 38th in the division, giving up 21.4 points per game.
Prediction: Spencerville to win (99.88% chance of victory)