Week 10 brings about a big game for both the Shaker Heights Raiders and the Euclid Panthers as it could ultimately decide the postseason fate of either one. The Panthers can currently expect to finish the season 3rd at 8-2. For the Raiders, postseason chances aren't quite as high as they are projected to finish 15th in Region 1. The Panthers are the favorites on Friday, projected to win the game by a score of 38-23. The Panthers rank 47th in the state while the Raiders rank 346th in the state and 57th in Division 1. The Panthers, the better team on paper, will look to prove their superiority on the field come Friday. Having matched up in 2018, there is a degree of familiarity between the two. Last year, the Panthers got the better of the Raiders, winning by a score of 40-0.
Shaker Heights has dropped each of their most recent 2 games and will look to reverse the negative momentum on Friday. They are currently 2-7 and come off of a 28-25 loss against the Medina Bees. While the Raiders offense has not been particularly great, ranked 48th in Division 1 with 20.9 points per game, they have improved in recent weeks, averaging 34 points over their last 3 contests. Defensively, giving up 33.4 points per game, they rank 63rd in the division.
Coming off of a 45-0 loss against the Mentor Cardinals, Euclid, hopes to build some momentum and rebound strongly with a win. The Panthers rank 7th in Division 1 on offense, scoring an average of 36.2. However, over the last 2 weeks, their average is down to 21 points per game. Their defense ranks 53rd in their division allowing an average of 28.6 points per game, but they have shown improvement in recent weeks - in their last 5 games, they've given up an average of 23 points.
Prediction: Euclid to win (99.92% chance of victory)