Friday's matchup between the Arcadia Redskins and the North Baltimore Tigers features two teams fighting to stay in playoff contention. While the Redskins head into this week with a 8.91% chance of making the playoffs, the Tigers come in with an equally concerning 28.47% chance. The Tigers, 21-point favorites, hope to prove they're the superior team and keep their postseason fight alive. The Tigers come into the week expecting the home victory, which is the most probable outcome. However, the upset-minded Redskins will come in looking to prove preconceived notions wrong. A rematch from their game last season, this matchup will be a good gauge on how each team has improved or regressed. Last season, the Tigers beat the Redskins 60 - 27.
Arcadia comes into the game on a 3-game losing streak, which they hope to put to an end on Friday. Their 42 - 7 loss against the Riverdale Falcons last week brings their record to 2-7. The Redskins have struggled on offense, scoring only 4.66666666666667 points per game over their last 3 games. On the year, they rank 73rd in Division 7, scoring an average of 17.8 points per game over the course of the season. On the opposite side of the ball, they rank 96th in the division, allowing 41.4 points per game.
For North Baltimore, this week is a chance to flip the momentum after 2 consecutive losses. Last week was a 42 - 12 loss against the Leipsic Vikings and they'll look to rebound strong on Friday. Particularly in recent weeks, the Tigers offense has struggled to put points on the board. In their last 2 games, they've put up an average of 16 points per game. Throughout the course of the season, they've averaged 32, which ranks 26th in Division 7. They've played at a simiar level on defense, ranking 78th in their division, giving up 35.5 points per game. Over their last 4 games, however, they have made progress, giving up an average of 24 points per game.
Prediction: North Baltimore to win (94.54% chance of victory)