The Gilmour Academy Lancers and the Lutheran East Falcons meet on Saturday for what could be an important matchup - while both currently have less than a 50% chance of making the playoffs, every win counts at the end of the season. The Lancers are expected to finish 5-5, good for 15th in Region 17. The Falcons are projected to finish 10th in Region 18 at 7-3. Gilmour Academy will be the favorite, projected to come out on top by a score of 36-20. Gilmour Academy, who should be able to quiet the home crowd and control the game, will have to prove they can do so on Saturday. There is a certain degree of familiarity between the two teams after they faced off last season. In 2018, the Lancers defeated the Falcons by a score of 35-12.
Gilmour Academy has dropped each of their most recent 2 games and will look to reverse the negative momentum on Saturday. They are currently 4-5 and come off of a 23-14 loss against the Villa-Angela St. Joseph Vikings. The Lancers offense hasn't been particularly great this season in terms of point production, a trend which continues into recent weeks. Over their last 2 games, they've scored an average of 13.5 points - this season they've averaged 21.2, which ranks 74th in Division 5. On the opposite side of the ball, they rank 37th in the division, allowing 20.7 points per game.
Lutheran East is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 3-game winning streak, including last week's 1-0 win against the Mathews Mustangs. That brings their record to 7-2 as they look to add another notch to the win column. Particularly in recent weeks, the Falcons offense has struggled to put points on the board. In their last 7 games, they've put up an average of 25.29 points per game. Throughout the course of the season, they've averaged 29.7, which ranks 40th in Division 5. Defensively, they haven't been the strongest either in terms of points allowed. They give up 15.9 points per game, ranking 18th in their division.
Prediction: Gilmour Academy to win (89.28% chance of victory)