As the end of the season draws near, playoffs are the only thing on any team's mind that still stands a reasonable chance. On Friday, two of these teams meet - the Coldwater Cavaliers and the Marion Local Flyers. The Cavaliers come into the game projected to enter the playoffs as Region 23's 2nd best team at 9-1. The Flyers come into the game projected to finish 7-3 as Region 28's 3rd best team. Coldwater will enter the game as a 3-point favorite, projected to win the game 23-20. The Flyers come into the game as the 11th-ranked team in the state but will face one of the toughest matchups on their schedule as they host the 12th-ranked team in the state. In this evenly-matched a game, there is no way to tell who will come out on top. One of the more familiar matchups of week 10, both teams know what to expect. Marion Local will hope to continue the recent trend, in which they've won 4 of the last 5 matchups. A rubber match in the rivalry series, this is a chance for each team to settle the score after the Cavaliers won the 2018 regular season matchup 26-20 before their postseason got cut short when they lost 40-19 in the rematch.
Coldwater is 8-1 after their 49-14 win against the St. Henry Redskins last week. This week, they look to build on that victory on the way to what they hope will be a strong finish to the season. The Cavaliers offense is the 14th-ranked offense in Division 6, scoring an average of 38.9 points per game over the course of the season. In their last 2 games, however, they've cooled off, averaging 28.5 points per game. While recent games have affected averages negatively, their defense is one of the best as well. They rank 17th in their division, giving up an average of 15.7 points per game.
Marion Local will be looking to put together a win streak coming off of a 36-7 win over the Fort Recovery Indians last week, which brings their record to 7-2. The Flyers offense is one of the most high-powered in their division, particularly in recent weeks. For the year, they rank 20th in Division 7 with 31.2 points per game. Over the last 4 weeks, they've scored an average of 31.2. On defense, their last few weeks haven't even done justice to how good they've been all season. They've given up 17 points per game over their last 2, down from their average of 11.1, which ranks 7th in their division on the season.
Prediction: Coldwater to win (89.22% chance of victory)