For the Harvest Prep Warriors and the Buckeye Valley Barons, week 4 is a chance to edge out a victory over an evenly matched opponent. The Warriors come into Friday as 7-point favorites, but the Barons will also step on the field expecting to come away with the win. Harvest Prep comes in as Division 7's 10th-ranked team. Buckeye Valley comes in ranked 98th in Division 3. With two teams coming in expecting the win, we won't know for sure who's the better team until they take the field on Friday. A new game on the schedule for both teams, it should shape out as an unpredictable affair. Strategically, this might lead to complications that could throw off the gameplan of either team.
For Harvest Prep, the prospects of a 2019 playoff run don't look as optimistic as 2018. They come into the week 2-1 and are projected to finish 14th in the regional playoff standings with a record of 4-6. The strength of the team comes on defense, where they give up 8.3 points per game, good for 7th in Division 7. Their offense ranks 34th in the division with 28 points per game.
Buckeye Valley hopes to make the most of the game on Friday despite being projected to finish 26th in the regional playoff standings. Expected to finish the season 0-10, they look to exceed expectations and defend their home field. Neither side of the ball has been particularly strong for the Barons. Their offense scores an average of 9.7 points per game and their defense allows an average of 42 points per game, ranking 94th and 103rd in Division 3 respectively.
Prediction: Harvest Prep to win (98.13% chance of victory)