As we reach the end of the season, teams that still have reasonable chances are jockeying for playoff positioning. For the home team in this matchup, the Chagrin Falls Tigers, anything but a playoff bid would be a disappointment. They come into the week projected to finish 7th in the Region 13 playoff standings. For the visiting Geneva Eagles, it's a battle to stay in contention. They are currently expected to finish the season 7-3, which would put them around 14th in Region 9. The Tigers are the favorites on Friday, projected to win the game by a score of 26-25. With no true consensus over who's the better team, they'll have to sort all that out on the field. A rematch from their game last season, this matchup will be a good gauge on how each team has improved or regressed. In 2018, the Eagles defeated the Tigers by a score of 48-33.
Geneva comes off of a 36-7 loss against the Perry Pirates and will look to rebound this week as they hope to finish out the season strong. The Eagles rank 14th in Division 3 on offense, scoring an average of 35.8. However, over the last 2 weeks, their average is down to 28.5 points per game. Their defense gives up an average of 16.7 points per game, ranking 29th in their division.
Looking to rebound from a 27-16 loss against the West Geauga Wolverines last week, Chagrin Falls will try to establish momentum early and sustain it throughout. While the Tigers offense has not been particularly great, ranked 55th in Division 4 with 24.4 points per game, they have improved in recent weeks, averaging 32.83 points over their last 6 contests. Defensively, they'll look to show more signs of improvement after giving up 16.86 points on average in their last 7 games, improved from a On defense, they'll also be looking for improvement, which they have shown signs of in recent weeks. Over their last 7 games, they've allowed an average of 16.86 points, an improvement over their 65th-ranked 25.3 points allowed per game on the year.
Prediction: Chagrin Falls to win (58.54% chance of victory)