The Medina Bees and the Shaker Heights Raiders head into a week 5 matchup on Friday looking for what will likely be a hardfought victory. While the Bees come in as 9-point favorites, the Raiders will look to prove that they are the truly superior team. Better on paper, the Bees come into the game ranked 97th in the state, hosting a Raiders team that comes in ranked 165th in the state and 56th in Division 1. Shaker Heights looks to silence the crowd early as Medina comes into the game expecting a relatively decisive victory. While a lot of factors point to a home victory, it will still require a valiant effort from the Bees to come away with the win. 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 Bees have been superior, coming out on top in 4 of them. However, the past won't matter come kickoff. In 2017's matchup, the Bees came away with a 36 - 22 victory.
Shaker Heights is towards the bottom of the pack in terms of playoff probability. However, with a win this week, they hope to turn the tables and prove themselves capable of surpassing their projected record for the season of 3-7. Their defense has been one of the best in Division 1, ranking 17th with 12.2 points allowed per game. On offense, they rank 60th, scoring an average of 15.8 points per game.
Medina comes into the week projected to finish the season as the region's 10th-ranked team in terms of playoff points. Last week, their 37 - 14 loss against the Euclid Panthers brought them to 2-2. A home win this week could give them a better chance of avoiding the same fate as last year, when they were left on the outside looking in come postseason. The Bees have struggled thus far on each side of the ball. Scoring 22 points per game, they rank 41st in Division 1. Defensively, giving up 23 points per game, ranks 41st in the division.
Prediction: Medina to win (72.26% chance of victory)