Week 10 brings about a big game for both the Plymouth Big Red and the Crestview Cougars as it could ultimately decide the postseason fate of either one. The Cougars can currently expect to finish the season 6th at 7-3. For the Big Red, postseason chances aren't quite as high as they are projected to finish 13th in Region 26. The Cougars are the favorites on Friday, projected to win the game by a score of 28-26. With no definitive indication over who is truly the better team, each side will have to make its case on the field come Friday. 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 Cougars have won 4, a trend they hope to continue. In the most recent season's matchup, the Cougars proved superior, winning 35-33.
Plymouth is currently on a 4-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Friday. Coming off of a 52-39 win against the South Central Trojans, they are 7-2 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. The Big Red have boasted one of Division 7's best offenses all season, averaging 39.1 points per game, which ranks 6th. In their last 4 games, they've been even better, scoring 49 points per game. Their defense gives up an average of 19.4 points per game, ranking 31st in their division.
Crestview looks to rebound after a 54-42 loss against the Western Reserve Rough Riders last week, which brought their record to 6-3. While the Cougars 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 36.5, up from their season average of 23.3, which ranks 60th in Division 6. On defense, they haven't been any better statistically, ranking 18th in their division, allowing 15.8 points per game.
Prediction: Crestview to win (72.54% chance of victory)