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 St. Vincent-St. Mary Fighting Irish, anything but a playoff bid would be a disappointment. They come into the week projected to finish 6th in the Region 9 playoff standings. For the visiting Ursuline Fighting Irish, it's a battle to stay in contention. They are currently expected to finish the season 2-8, which would put them around 16th in Region 13. The Fighting Irish are the favorites on Friday, projected to win the game by a score of 31-11. The Fighting Irish rank 32nd in the state while the Fighting Irish rank 392nd in the state and 59th in Division 4. St. Vincent-St. Mary, who should theoretically control the game on Friday, look forward to proving they are the better team. The teams have played each other in each of the last five years so neither is likely to surprise the other. Over their last 5 matchups, the Fighting Irish have won 5, a trend they hope to continue. In 2018's matchup, the Fighting Irish came away with a 21-0 victory.
Ursuline hopes to build off of last week's 20-13 win against the Cardinal Mooney Cardinals and finish the season strong. While the Fighting Irish offense has not been particularly great, ranked 76th in Division 4 with 17.8 points per game, they have improved in recent weeks, averaging 25 points over their last 4 contests. They rank similarly on defense, coming in at 80th in their division, allowing 31.7 points per game. That number has generally gone up in recent weeks as they've given up an average of 23.5 points in their last 2 games.
St. Vincent-St. Mary will look to continue the momentum of their 4-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 35-17 win against the Hoover Vikings last week, bringing their record to 7-2. While the Fighting Irish haven't been the most high-powered offense throughout the season, they have been improving week to week. In the last 4 weeks, they've averaged 34.75, up from their season average of 28, which ranks 49th in Division 3. Defensively, they'll look to show more signs of improvement after giving up 11.33 points on average in their last 3 games, improved from a On defense, they'll also be looking for improvement, which they have shown signs of in recent weeks. Over their last 3 games, they've allowed an average of 11.33 points, an improvement over their 40th-ranked 18.4 points allowed per game on the year.
Prediction: St. Vincent-St. Mary to win (99.98% chance of victory)