Friday's matchup between the Austintown-Fitch Falcons and the Cardinal Mooney Cardinals takes place between two teams that, as of now, most likely will not earn postseason bids. Currently, the Falcons and the Cardinals are projected to finish 15th and 12th in their respective regional playoff standings. Austintown-Fitch enters the week as a 2-point favorite and will look to expand their playoff chances with a victory on Friday. As slight road favorites, the Falcons come in hoping to edge out the Cardinals on their home field. The teams are no strangers to one another, playing against each other in each of the last five years. Over their last 5 matchups, the Falcons have been superior, coming out on top in 3 of them. However, the past won't matter come kickoff. In 2018's matchup, the Falcons came away with a 24-14 victory.
After their 40-14 win against the Boardman Spartans last week, Austintown-Fitch is 4-5 and looks to finish the season strong. The Falcons offense will look to continue to improve as they've scored an average of 37.5 points per game over their last 2 games, up from their season average of 28.2, which ranks 37th in Division 2. On defense, they rank 65th in the division, giving up 26.7 points per game.
Cardinal Mooney will come into the week looking to put an end to their current 3-game losing streak after a 20-13 loss against the Ursuline Fighting Irish brought their record down to 4-5. The Cardinals offense hasn't been particularly great this season in terms of point production, a trend which continues into recent weeks. Over their last 2 games, they've scored an average of 10 points - this season they've averaged 18.7, which ranks 72nd in Division 4. Defensively, giving up 23.1 points per game, they rank 58th in the division.
Prediction: Austintown-Fitch to win (61.48% chance of victory)