Friday's road team, the Hamilton Big Blue are looking to continue what's looking like a run at the playoffs as they take on the Lakota East Thunderhawks. The Big Blue are already in good shape, projected to finish 8th in the Region 4 playoff standings. On the other hand, the Thunderhawks are projected to finish 10th in Region 4, which would not earn them a playoff berth. Lakota East comes into the game as the favorite, projected to come away with a 29-17 victory. The Big Blue come into the game with little regard for pregame statistical breakdowns - while the Thunderhawks believe they are the superior team, the road team will not consider it an upset if they come away with the victory. 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 Thunderhawks defeated the Big Blue by a score of 47-14.
Hamilton comes into the game on a 2-game winning streak. After last week's 14-7 win against the Sycamore Aviators, they are 5-4 and look to continue the positive momentum. While the Big Blue haven't been the most high-powered offense throughout the season, they have been improving week to week. In the last 2 weeks, they've averaged 27.5, up from their season average of 22.1, which ranks 45th in Division 1. They rank similarly on defense, coming in at 35th in their division, allowing 21.3 points per game. That number has generally gone up in recent weeks as they've given up an average of 15.5 points in their last 2 games.
For Lakota East, this week is a chance to flip the momentum after 2 consecutive losses. Last week was a 34-3 loss against the Colerain Cardinals and they'll look to rebound strong on Friday. Particularly in recent weeks, the Thunderhawks offense has struggled to put points on the board. In their last 2 games, they've put up an average of 5 points per game. Throughout the course of the season, they've averaged 18.3, which ranks 55th in Division 1. The defense hasn't been much better statistically, giving up an average of 18 points per game, which ranks 22nd in their division.
Prediction: Lakota East to win (98.30% chance of victory)