The Waynedale Golden Bears come into Friday projected to finish the season 4-6 at 17th in Region 18. They host the Hillsdale Falcons, who are currently expected to make the playoffs at 5th in Region 22. Hillsdale have the edge on paper, entering the game as a 4-point favorite. However, the battle for a postseason bid can only be decided on the field. The Falcons rank 15th in Division 6 while the Golden Bears rank 60th in Division 5. Fans on both sides head into Friday expecting the win but only one of the two can come out on top. 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 Falcons have been superior, coming out on top in 4 of them. However, the past won't matter come kickoff. In the most recent season's matchup, the Falcons proved superior, winning 35-0.
Hillsdale comes into the game on a 2-game losing streak, which they hope to put to an end on Friday. Their 21-20 loss against the Smithville Smithies last week brings their record to 6-3. The Falcons offense will look to continue to improve as they've scored an average of 29.33 points per game over their last 3 games, up from their season average of 26.3, which ranks 46th in Division 6. The defense hasn't been much better statistically, giving up an average of 15.2 points per game, which ranks 16th in their division.
Waynedale will come into the week looking to put an end to their current 2-game losing streak after a 47-15 loss against the Norwayne Bobcats brought their record down to 4-5. The Golden Bears have struggled on offense, scoring only 14.5 points per game over their last 2 games. On the year, they rank 64th in Division 5, scoring an average of 23.3 points per game over the course of the season. On defense, they rank 82nd in the division, giving up 31.9 points per game.
Prediction: Hillsdale to win (97.39% chance of victory)