Friday's matchup between the Washington Court House Blue Lions and the Miami Trace Panthers takes place between two teams that most likely will not make the playoffs. The Blue Lions come into the week projected to finish 10th in the Region 16 playoff standings. The Panthers are projected to finish 16th in Region 11. Miami Trace comes in as a 17-point favorite as each team fights to close out the regular season strong. The Panthers will look to get the crowd involved in a home game they're expected to win. On the other hand, the Blue Lions hope to silence the crowd and come away with the road upset. The teams are no strangers to one another, playing against each other in each of the last five years. Over their last 5 matchups, the Blue Lions have been superior, coming out on top in 3 of them. However, the past won't matter come kickoff. In the most recent season's matchup, the Blue Lions proved superior, winning 34-7.
Washington Court House is currently on a 2-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Friday. Coming off of a 51-7 win against the McClain Tigers, they are 6-3 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. The Blue Lions offense will look to continue to improve as they've scored an average of 39 points per game over their last 2 games, up from their season average of 29.2, which ranks 37th in Division 4. On defense, they rank 27th in the division, giving up 17 points per game.
For Miami Trace, this week is a chance to flip the momentum after 2 consecutive losses. Last week was a 23-3 loss against the Chillicothe Cavaliers and they'll look to rebound strong on Friday. The Panthers 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 11 points - this season they've averaged 26.8, which ranks 55th in Division 3. Defensively, they'll look to show more signs of improvement after giving up 25.2 points on average in their last 5 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 5 games, they've allowed an average of 25.2 points, an improvement over their 91st-ranked 30.8 points allowed per game on the year.
Prediction: Miami Trace to win (61.41% chance of victory)