The Hamilton Township Rangers and the Logan Chieftains meet on Friday 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 Rangers are expected to finish 5-5, good for 20th in Region 11. The Chieftains are projected to finish 16th in Region 8 at 4-6. Hamilton Township will be the favorite, projected to come out on top by a score of 26-15. Logan will be tested at home against a formidable Hamilton Township team. While the road team is expected to get the victory, overcoming homefield advantage could be a major challenge for Friday's favorite. The teams did not appear on each other's schedules last season, which presents a degree of unpredictability. Usually, matchups from the previous year are used in developing a strategy for upcoming games. For these two, no such opportunity will be afforded.
Hamilton Township is 4-5 after their 56-0 win against the Circleville Tigers last week. This week, they look to build on that victory on the way to what they hope will be a strong finish to the season. The Rangers offense will look to continue to improve as they've scored an average of 44 points per game over their last 2 games, up from their season average of 25.1, which ranks 61st in Division 3. They rank similarly on defense, coming in at 58th in their division, allowing 24.2 points per game. That number has generally gone up in recent weeks as they've given up an average of 17.5 points in their last 2 games.
For Logan, Friday is a chance to expand on a 2-game winning streak after their 14-12 win against the Maysville Panthers brought their record to 4-5. While the Chieftains offense has not been particularly great, ranked 81st in Division 2 with 17.7 points per game, they have improved in recent weeks, averaging 28.25 points over their last 4 contests. Defensively, they'll look to show more signs of improvement after giving up 15.5 points on average in their last 2 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 2 games, they've allowed an average of 15.5 points, an improvement over their 30th-ranked 21 points allowed per game on the year.
Prediction: Hamilton Township to win (93.13% chance of victory)