Friday's road team, the St. Thomas Aquinas Knights are looking to continue what's looking like a run at the playoffs as they take on the Canton South Wildcats. The Knights are already in good shape, projected to finish 5th in the Region 25 playoff standings. On the other hand, the Wildcats are projected to finish 22nd in Region 13, which would not earn them a playoff berth. St. Thomas Aquinas comes into the game as the favorite, projected to come away with a 25-13 victory. The Knights, one of the top teams in Division 7, come into the game ranked 16th. The Wildcats, on the other hand, come in ranked 74th in Division 4. This is an unpredictable matchup as the Knights, projected favoritees, will have to defeat the Wildcats on their home field. Not only is it unpredictable from a standpoint of who will come out on top, but also whether it'll be a close game or a decisive victory for one of these teams. A new matchup on the schedule for each team, Friday's game is a chance for each to test its skills and strategies against an unfamiliar opponent. Usually, matchups from the previous year are used in developing a strategy for upcoming games. For these two, no such opportunity will be afforded.
St. Thomas Aquinas comes into the game on a 3-game winning streak. After last week's 48-0 win against the Akron North Vikings, they are 6-2 and look to continue the positive momentum. While the Knights offense has not been particularly great, ranked 28th in Division 7 with 29.5 points per game, they have improved in recent weeks, averaging 41 points over their last 2 contests. While the defense hasn't been much better, they have improved lately - while they average 15.8 points allowed per game, which ranks 16th in their division, they've taken that average down to 4.5 points over the last 2 weeks.
Canton South comes into Friday looking to put a halt to their 5-game losing streak and build some momentum moving forward. Last week's loss came at the hands of the Carrollton Warriors, who beat the Wildcats by a score of 9-7. The Wildcats offense hasn't been particularly great this season in terms of point production, a trend which continues into recent weeks. Over their last 4 games, they've scored an average of 12 points - this season they've averaged 17.2, which ranks 78th in Division 4. On defense, they rank 59th in the division, giving up 23.6 points per game.
Prediction: St. Thomas Aquinas to win (97.68% chance of victory)