Week 7 brings about a big game for both the Girard Indians and the Hubbard Eagles as it could ultimately decide the postseason fate of either one. The Eagles can currently expect to finish the season 2nd at 9-1. For the Indians, postseason chances aren't quite as high as they are projected to finish 15th in Region 13. The Eagles are the favorites on Friday, projected to win the game by a score of 40-17. Hubbard enters the game as the 4th-ranked team in Division 4, which makes this a key matchup in the division as Girard comes in ranked 8th. The Indians will come into the game looking for the upset while the Eagles look to meet expectations by controlling the game from start to finish. 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 Eagles have been superior, coming out on top in 4 of them. However, the past won't matter come kickoff. Friday's a chance for both teams to settle the score after splitting the series in 2018. In their regular season matchup, the Eagles came away with the victory by a score of 48-32. However, in the game that mattered most, the Indians came out on top 43-18.
Girard looks to get back on track this week as they come in on a 2-game losing streak. They are currently 4-2 after a 45-7 loss against the Poland Seminary Bulldogs last week. Offensively, they've been solid. Scoring an average of 32.8 points per game, their offense ranks 20th in Division 4. On defense, giving up an average of 24.3 points per game, they rank 61st in the division.
For Hubbard, Friday is a chance to expand on a 5-game winning streak after their 28-7 win against the Lakeview Bulldogs brought their record to 5-1. The Eagles boast one of the best defenses in their division, ranking 5th in Division 4 allowing 10.7 points per game. Offensively they score an average of 24.5 points, which ranks 54th in the division.
Prediction: Hubbard to win (97.57% chance of victory)