Northmor @ Fort Frye
Sunday, November 4, 2018
By Staff

In the second playoff matchup of the year for the Fort Frye Cadets, they are projected to come away with a 33-21 win over the Northmor Golden Knights. However, it should be one of the more hotly contested matchups of the round and all statistical predictions could easily go out the window. The playoffs are the best time of the year but also come with a great deal of drama as many powerhouses will even see their seasons cut short. Each week, it's do or die and, after this week is complete, half of the current playoff teams will be eliminated. The Golden Knights rank 31st in the division while the Cadets rank 8th. A rematch from their game last season, this matchup will be a good gauge on how each team has improved or regressed. In 2017, the Cadets defeated the Golden Knights by a score of 6-0.

After their 28-16 win against the Southeastern Panthers last week, Northmor is 10-1 and looks to finish the season strong. The Golden Knights offense is the 23rd-ranked offense in Division 6, scoring an average of 34.8 points per game over the course of the season. In their last 2 games, however, they've cooled off, averaging 24 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 16.5 points per game, which ranks 25th in their division.

Fort Frye will look to continue the momentum of their 7-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 34-14 win against the Fairbanks Panthers last week, bringing their record to 10-0. In recent weeks, the Cadets haven't been quite as explosive on offense but they remain the 19th-ranked offense in Division 6, scoring an average of 35.7 points per game. While recent games have affected averages negatively, their defense is one of the best as well. They rank 10th in their division, giving up an average of 11.3 points per game.

Prediction: Fort Frye to win (98.87% chance of victory) 

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