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 Mogadore Wildcats, anything but a playoff bid would be a disappointment. They come into the week projected to finish 2nd in the Region 21 playoff standings. For the visiting Crestwood Red Devils, it's a battle to stay in contention. They are currently expected to finish the season 6-4, which would put them around 13th in Region 17. The Wildcats are the favorites on Friday, projected to win the game by a score of 24-19. Mogadore looks to be the superior team on paper, coming into the game ranked 45th in the state while the Red Devils rank 225th in the state and 26th in Division 5. This looks to be a close and exciting game, which will be fun at least for the team that comes out on top. A rematch from their game last season, this matchup will be a good gauge on how each team has improved or regressed. Last year, the Wildcats got the better of the Red Devils, winning by a score of 27-10.
Crestwood 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 21-20 loss against the Garfield G-Men last week. The Red Devils rank 25th in Division 5 on offense, scoring an average of 32.6. However, over the last 2 weeks, their average is down to 19 points per game. On defense, their last few weeks haven't even done justice to how good they've been all season. They've given up 22.67 points per game over their last 3, down from their average of 15.1, which ranks 16th in their division on the season.
Mogadore is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 5-game winning streak, including last week's 32-12 win against the Southeast Pirates. That brings their record to 8-1 as they look to add another notch to the win column. The Wildcats offense is one of the most high-powered in their division, particularly in recent weeks. For the year, they rank 23rd in Division 6 with 34.9 points per game. Over the last 5 weeks, they've scored an average of 34.9. On defense, they've been just as strong. Allowing just 17.4 points per game over the course of the season, their defense ranks 23rd in their division. Over the last 4 weeks, they've been even more proficient, giving up just 13.25 points per game.
Prediction: Mogadore to win (99.58% chance of victory)