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 Valley View Spartans, anything but a playoff bid would be a disappointment. They come into the week projected to finish 7th in the Region 16 playoff standings. For the visiting Brookville Blue Devils, it's a battle to stay in contention. They are currently expected to finish the season 6-4, which would put them around 19th in Region 20. The Spartans are the favorites on Friday, projected to win the game by a score of 28-24. Valley View enters the game as the 19th-ranked team in Division 4, which makes this a key matchup in the division as Brookville comes in ranked 25th. For the Spartans, a hard-fought home victory would definitely be a momentum boost. However, the Blue Devils come in expecting to steal one on the road and the momentum along with it. One of the more familiar matchups of week 10, both teams know what to expect. Valley View will hope to continue the recent trend, in which they've won 3 of the last 5 matchups. In 2018's matchup, the Spartans came away with a 24-0 victory.
Brookville looks to get back on track this week as they come in on a 2-game losing streak. They are currently 6-3 after a 41-24 loss against the Franklin Wildcats last week. Particularly in recent weeks, the Blue Devils offense has struggled to put points on the board. In their last 2 games, they've put up an average of 12 points per game. Throughout the course of the season, they've averaged 30, which ranks 37th in Division 5. On defense, they rank 63rd in the division, giving up 25.4 points per game.
For Valley View, Friday is a chance to expand on a 2-game winning streak after their 28-6 win against the Eaton Eagles brought their record to 7-2. The Spartans offense is one of the most high-powered in their division, particularly in recent weeks. For the year, they rank 21st in Division 4 with 33.2 points per game. Over the last 2 weeks, they've scored an average of 33.2. On defense, they rank 27th in their division, giving up an average of 17 points per game.
Prediction: Valley View to win (91.38% chance of victory)