Week 10 is a chance for the Paint Valley Bearcats to expand their already-solid playoff chances. They come into Friday projected to finish 3rd in Region 24. They host the Westfall Mustangs, currently projected to finish 15th in Region 19. Paint Valley has the edge on paper, entering the game as a 26-point favorite. However, the battle for a postseason bid can only be decided on the field. The Bearcats come into the game ranked 14th in Division 6 while the Mustangs comes in ranked 82nd in Division 5. The Mustangs will come into the game looking for the upset while the Bearcats look to meet expectations by controlling the game from start to finish. One of the more familiar matchups of week 10, both teams know what to expect. Paint Valley will hope to continue the recent trend, in which they've won 4 of the last 5 matchups. In last year's installment, the Bearcats came out on top by a score of 34-14.
Westfall comes into the game on a 2-game losing streak, which they hope to put to an end on Friday. Their 42-21 loss against the Unioto Sherman Tanks last week brings their record to 4-5. While the Mustangs haven't been the most high-powered offense throughout the season, they have been improving week to week. In the last 3 weeks, they've averaged 29, up from their season average of 25.8, which ranks 54th in Division 5. On the opposite side of the ball, they rank 64th in the division, allowing 25.6 points per game.
Looking to rebound from a 46-34 loss against the Southeastern Panthers last week, Paint Valley will try to establish momentum early and sustain it throughout. Scoring an average of 37.7 points per game on offense, the Bearcats rank 18th in Division 6. They've been even more dominant in recent weeks, scoring an average of 41.6 over their last 5 games. Their defense ranks 34th in their division giving up an average of 20.2 points per game, but they've been improving with each game - over the last 4 weeks, they've allowed an average of 13.25 points.
Prediction: Paint Valley to win (99.96% chance of victory)