As the playoff picture begins to take shape for the River Valley Vikings and the Lexington Minutemen, they come up on an important matchup against one another in week 10. The Vikings are confident that how they finish the season will be enough to bring them to the playoffs - they come into the game projected to finish 8th in the Region 10 playoff standings. For the Minutemen, chances aren't looking quite as good as they're projected to finish 20th in Region 10. The Vikings will come in as the favorites, projected to win the game 24-23. A major challenge on the schedule for both teams, this looks to be one of the more competitive games of the week. 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.
River Valley will look to rebound this week after their Shelby Whippets in their last game. Particularly in recent weeks, the Vikings offense has struggled to put points on the board. In their last 3 games, they've put up an average of 16.33 points per game. Throughout the course of the season, they've averaged 25.6, which ranks 59th in Division 3. On defense, they rank 29th in the division, giving up 16.7 points per game.
Lexington tallied up a 42-0 win against the Madison Rams last week, bringing their record to 3-6 - they'll look to add to the win column once again on Friday. While the Minutemen haven't been the most high-powered offense throughout the season, they have been improving week to week. In the last 3 weeks, they've averaged 26.67, up from their season average of 22.4, which ranks 72nd in Division 3. Their defense, while not a top defense in Division 3, has shown signs of improvement. They currently rank 88th in the division with 30.4 points allowed per game, but have allowed an improved average of 17.5 points over their last 2 games.
Prediction: River Valley to win (72.39% chance of victory)