Friday's matchup between the Danville Blue Devils and the Cardington-Lincoln Pirates takes place between two teams that most likely will not make the playoffs. The Blue Devils come into the week projected to finish 12th in the Region 27 playoff standings. The Pirates are projected to finish 25th in Region 27. Danville comes in as a 19-point favorite as each team fights to close out the regular season strong. Danville comes in as Division 7's 12th-ranked team. Cardington-Lincoln comes in ranked 69th in Division 7. As a relatively sizeable home underdog, the Pirates come into the game with a lot to prove. For the Blue Devils, the only thing to prove is that an advantage on paper can translate into an advantage on their opponent's home field. There is a certain degree of familiarity between the two teams after they faced off last season. Last season, the Blue Devils beat the Pirates 41 - 6.
After their 44 - 27 win against the Fredericktown Freddies last week, Danville is 1-5 and looks to finish the season strong. So far this season, they've been lacking statistically on both sides of the ball. In Division 7, they rank 51st on offense, scoring an average of 21.2 points per game - on defense, they rank 83rd, giving up an average of 33.7.
Cardington-Lincoln comes into Friday looking to put a halt to their 6-game losing streak and build some momentum moving forward. Last week's loss came at the hands of the Northmor Golden Knights, who beat the Pirates by a score of 46 - 20. The Pirates have struggled thus far on each side of the ball. Scoring 15.5 points per game, they rank 77th in Division 7. Defensively, giving up 38.2 points per game, ranks 92nd in the division.
Prediction: Danville to win (99.82% chance of victory)