Covington @ Bethel
Sunday, October 27, 2019
By Staff

Friday's road team, the Covington Buccaneers are looking to continue what's looking like a run at the playoffs as they take on the Bethel Bees. The Buccaneers are already in good shape, projected to finish 5th in the Region 24 playoff standings. On the other hand, the Bees are projected to finish 26th in Region 20, which would not earn them a playoff berth. Covington comes into the game as the favorite, projected to come away with a 45-8 victory. The Buccaneers rank 17th in Division 6 while the Bees rank 95th in Division 5. Covington will look to go on the road and humiliate the Bethel Bees in their own back yard. One of the more familiar matchups of week 10, both teams know what to expect. Covington will hope to continue the recent trend, in which they've won 4 of the last 5 matchups. In 2018's matchup, the Buccaneers came away with a 54-7 victory.

Looking to build upon their 5-game winning streak, Covington comes into the week at 7-2. After their 74-6 win against the Tri-County North Panthers, they are confident in their ability to finish strong. Thus far, the Buccaneers offense has put up an average of 45.7 points per game, which ranks 14th in the state. In recent weeks, they've been even more powerful, scoring an average of 68.67 points per game over the last 3 weeks. On defense, they've been just as strong. Allowing just 9.4 points per game over the course of the season, their defense ranks 6th in their division. Over the last 3 weeks, they've been even more proficient, giving up just 2 points per game.

Looking to rebound from a 55-14 loss against the Miami East Vikings last week, Bethel will try to establish momentum early and sustain it throughout. The Bees offense will look to continue to improve as they've scored an average of 27 points per game over their last 2 games, up from their season average of 13.9, which ranks 95th in Division 5. On defense, they rank 76th in the division, giving up 28.7 points per game.

Prediction: Covington to win (99.90% chance of victory) 

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