One of the most significant games on the schedule for week 7 is a matchup between the Garaway Pirates and the Ridgewood Generals. Both teams have a solid likelihood of making the playoffs, the Pirates projected to finish 2nd in Region 17 and the Generals projected to finish 2nd in Region 19. The Generals are projected to take home the victory on Friday by a score of 28-27. The Pirates come into the week ranked 10th in Division 5. They'll go up against another one of the division's best as the Generals come in ranked 8th. With no true consensus over who's the better team, they'll have to sort all that out on the field. The teams have played each other in each of the last five years so neither is likely to surprise the other. Over their last 5 matchups, the Pirates have won 3, a trend they hope to continue. In the most recent season's matchup, the Pirates proved superior, winning 27-21.
Looking to build upon their 6-game winning streak, Garaway comes into the week at 6-0. After their 45-6 win against the Claymont Mustangs, they are confident in their ability to finish strong. They've been proficient thus far on both sides of the ball. Their offense ranks 16th in Division 5, scoring an average of 37.7 points per game. Their defense, giving up just 8.7 points per game, ranks 5th in the division.
For Ridgewood, Friday is a chance to expand on a 6-game winning streak after their 31-9 win against the Indian Valley Braves brought their record to 6-0. The Generals are one of the best teams in Division 5 on both sides of the ball. Their offense, ranked 5th in the division, scores 47.5 points per game. The Generals defense ranks 12th, giving up 12.3.
Prediction: Ridgewood to win (87.49% chance of victory)