The North Olmsted Eagles and the Berea-Midpark Titans meet on Friday for what could be an important matchup - while both currently have less than a 50% chance of making the playoffs, every win counts at the end of the season. The Eagles are expected to finish 4-6, good for 18th in Region 6. The Titans are projected to finish 14th in Region 1 at 4-6. Berea-Midpark will be the favorite, projected to come out on top by a score of 37-27. North Olmsted hopes to mount an effort on Friday that will prove that they are, indeed, the better of the two. One of the more familiar matchups of week 10, both teams know what to expect. Berea-Midpark will hope to continue the recent trend, in which they've won 4 of the last 5 matchups. In last year's installment, the Eagles came out on top by a score of 56-54.
North Olmsted comes into the game on a 3-game losing streak, which they hope to put to an end on Friday. Their 35-0 loss against the Avon Lake Shoremen last week brings their record to 4-5. The Eagles have struggled on offense, scoring only 0 points per game over their last 2 games. On the year, they rank 80th in Division 2, scoring an average of 18 points per game over the course of the season. On the opposite side of the ball, they rank 60th in the division, allowing 26 points per game.
Berea-Midpark will look to continue the momentum of their 2-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 28-20 win against the Midview Middies last week, bringing their record to 3-6. While the Titans 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 38, up from their season average of 23.6, which ranks 40th in Division 1. Defensively, they'll look to show more signs of improvement after giving up 19.33 points on average in their last 3 games, improved from a On defense, they'll also be looking for improvement, which they have shown signs of in recent weeks. Over their last 3 games, they've allowed an average of 19.33 points, an improvement over their 57th-ranked 30.4 points allowed per game on the year.
Prediction: Berea-Midpark to win (73.94% chance of victory)