Anthony Wayne @ Springfield
Sunday, October 27, 2019
By Staff

In a week 10 matchup with major playoff implications, the Anthony Wayne Generals go on the road to face off against the Springfield Blue Devils. The Generals enter the game projected to finish 2nd in Region 7 at 9-1. The Blue Devils come in projected to finish 8th in Region 7 at 6-4 The Blue Devils come into the game as 1-point favorites and expect to take home the victory and ultimately complete their pursuit of the postseason. Anthony Wayne ranks 26th in the state, compared to Springfield, who ranks 183rd in the state and 38th in Division 2. With no definitive indication over who is truly the better team, each side will have to make its case on the field come Friday. One of the more familiar matchups of week 10, both teams know what to expect. Springfield will hope to continue the recent trend, in which they've won 3 of the last 5 matchups. In the most recent season's matchup, the Generals proved superior, winning 38-14.

Looking to build upon their 9-game winning streak, Anthony Wayne comes into the week at 9-0. After their 62-0 win against the Maumee Panthers, they are confident in their ability to finish strong. The Generals have boasted one of Division 2's best offenses all season, averaging 38.6 points per game, which ranks 12th. In their last 2 games, they've been even better, scoring 55 points per game. Nevertheless, the defense could actually be the true strength of the team, which they've shown in their most recent contests. Over the last 2 games, they've allowed only 0 points per game. However, success on defense isn't just a recent trend - on the season, their defense ranks 1st in their division, allowing 3.8 points per game.

For Springfield, Friday is a chance to expand on a 5-game winning streak after their 49-21 win against the Southview Cougars brought their record to 5-4. While the Blue Devils offense has not been particularly great, ranked 30th in Division 2 with 29.9 points per game, they have improved in recent weeks, averaging 52.5 points over their last 2 contests. Their defense, while not a top defense in Division 2, has shown signs of improvement. They currently rank 88th in the division with 33.9 points allowed per game, but have allowed an improved average of 25 points over their last 5 games.

Prediction: Springfield to win (95.45% chance of victory) 

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