Friday's matchup between the Huron Tigers and the Edison Chargers takes place between two teams that, as of now, most likely will not earn postseason bids. Currently, the Tigers and the Chargers are projected to finish 10th and 14th in their respective regional playoff standings. Huron enters the week as a 5-point favorite and will look to expand their playoff chances with a victory on Friday. The Tigers rank 18th in Division 4 while the Chargers rank 40th in Division 4. Huron comes in expecting to come away with the road victory. However, it looks to be one of the more hotly contested matchups of the week and Edison will be looking to defend their home field and finish the game 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 Chargers 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 Tigers proved superior, winning 24-14.
Huron is currently on a 2-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Friday. Coming off of a 41-26 win against the Port Clinton Redskins, they are 7-2 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. In recent weeks, the Tigers haven't been quite as successful producing points but they remain the 22nd-ranked offense in Division 4, scoring an average of 33.1 points per game. While their defense has given up more points than usual in recent weeks, they deserve every bit as much of the credit for this season's successes as the offense. Over the course of the season, they've given up an average of 16.4 points per game, which ranks 20th in their division.
After a 41-0 win against the Vermilion Sailors brought their record to 6-3, Edison will be looking to carry that momentum over and earn another victory. While the Chargers offense has not been particularly great, ranked 29th in Division 4 with 31.1 points per game, they have improved in recent weeks, averaging 39 points over their last 3 contests. They've played at a simiar level on defense, ranking 49th in their division, giving up 22.1 points per game. Over their last 5 games, however, they have made progress, giving up an average of 13.8 points per game.
Prediction: Huron to win (71.11% chance of victory)