As the playoff picture begins to take shape for the Whitmer Panthers and the St. Francis de Sales Knights, they come up on an important matchup against one another in week 10. The Panthers 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 1st in the Region 2 playoff standings. For the Knights, chances aren't looking quite as good as they're projected to finish 9th in Region 7. The Panthers will come in as the favorites, projected to win the game 40-16. The better team on paper, the Panthers come into the game ranked 19th in the state and 9th in Division 1. The Knights come in ranked 288th in the state and 55th in Division 2. The Panthers expect a road victory on Friday and have a solid chance of getting one. One of the more familiar matchups of week 10, both teams know what to expect. Whitmer will hope to continue the recent trend, in which they've won 5 of the last 5 matchups. In the most recent season's matchup, the Panthers proved superior, winning 42-35.
Whitmer comes into the game on a 2-game winning streak. After last week's 48-6 win against the Fremont Ross Little Giants, they are 8-1 and look to continue the positive momentum. The Panthers offense has been one of the best in the division, especially in recent weeks. For the year, they rank 4th in Division 1 with 37.3 points per game. Over the last 2 weeks, they've scored an average of 37.3. While their defense has given up more points than usual in recent weeks, they deserve every bit as much of the credit for this season's successes as the offense. Over the course of the season, they've given up an average of 18 points per game, which ranks 22nd in their division.
Coming off of a 20-0 loss against the Central Catholic Fighting Irish, St. Francis de Sales, hopes to build some momentum and rebound strongly with a win. Particularly in recent weeks, the Knights offense has struggled to put points on the board. In their last 3 games, they've put up an average of 16 points per game. Throughout the course of the season, they've averaged 24.6, which ranks 49th in Division 2. The defense hasn't been much better statistically, giving up an average of 13.3 points per game, which ranks 13th in their division.
Prediction: Whitmer to win (99.59% chance of victory)