As we reach the end of the season, teams that still have reasonable chances are jockeying for playoff positioning. For the home team in this matchup, the Streetsboro Rockets, anything but a playoff bid would be a disappointment. They come into the week projected to finish 2nd in the Region 9 playoff standings. For the visiting Springfield Spartans, it's a battle to stay in contention. They are currently expected to finish the season 1-9, which would put them around 25th in Region 9. The Rockets are the favorites on Friday, projected to win the game by a score of 39-15. Streetsboro, who should theoretically control the game on Friday, look forward to proving they are the better team. A rematch from their game last season, this matchup will be a good gauge on how each team has improved or regressed. Last year, the Rockets got the better of the Spartans, winning by a score of 40-12.
Springfield looks to get back on track this week as they come in on a 4-game losing streak. They are currently 1-8 after a 42-13 loss against the Ravenna Ravens last week. Particularly in recent weeks, the Spartans offense has struggled to put points on the board. In their last 3 games, they've put up an average of 4.33 points per game. Throughout the course of the season, they've averaged 9.3, which ranks 104th in Division 3. Defensively, giving up 30.4 points per game, they rank 88th in the division.
Streetsboro is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 9-game winning streak, including last week's 49-10 win against the Woodridge Bulldogs. That brings their record to 9-0 as they look to add another notch to the win column. The Rockets have been one of the most prolific offenses in the state and even stronger in their most recent contests. Scoring an average of 46.8 points per game, their offense ranks 8th in the state. Over their last 3 games, they've been even more impressive, scoring an average of 51.33 points per game. While their offense is solid, the defense deserves equal credit for the season's successes. Their 12.9 points allowed per game ranks 15th in the division and continues to get better week by week - in their last 4 games, they've given up just 5.75 points per game.
Prediction: Streetsboro to win (99.97% chance of victory)