Friday's matchup between the Genoa Area Comets and the Otsego Knights takes place between two teams that most likely will not make the playoffs. The Comets come into the week projected to finish 19th in the Region 18 playoff standings. The Knights are projected to finish 16th in Region 18. Genoa Area comes in as a 16-point favorite as each team fights to close out the regular season strong. The Comets travel to the home field of the Knights expecting a win. However, the Knights will pay little attention to pregame predictions as they look to defend their home field. 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 Comets have won 3, a trend they hope to continue. In the most recent season's matchup, the Comets proved superior, winning 34-14.
Genoa Area looks to get back on track this week as they come in on a 4-game losing streak. They are currently 2-7 after a 42-21 loss against the Lake Flyers last week. The Comets offense will look to continue to improve as they've scored an average of 26 points per game over their last 2 games, up from their season average of 17.1, which ranks 88th in Division 5. On defense, they rank 72nd in the division, giving up 28.2 points per game.
Otsego will be looking to put together a win streak coming off of a 31-26 win over the Fostoria Redmen last week, which brings their record to 5-4. While the Knights offense has not been particularly great, ranked 66th in Division 5 with 23.1 points per game, they have improved in recent weeks, averaging 31.67 points over their last 3 contests. On the opposite side of the ball, they rank 40th in the division, allowing 21.4 points per game.
Prediction: Genoa Area to win (79.61% chance of victory)