Friday's matchup between the Riverdale Falcons and the Arcadia Redskins takes place between two teams that, as of now, most likely will not earn postseason bids. Currently, the Falcons and the Redskins are projected to finish 15th and 25th in their respective regional playoff standings. Riverdale enters the week as a 11-point favorite and will look to expand their playoff chances with a victory on Friday. The Redskins will go into Friday looking to prove that, contrary to statistical analysis, they are the better team. A rematch from their game last season, this matchup will be a good gauge on how each team has improved or regressed. Last year, the Falcons got the better of the Redskins, winning by a score of 42-7.
Riverdale comes off of a 38-0 loss against the Van Buren Black Nights and will look to rebound this week as they hope to finish out the season strong. While the Falcons haven't been the most high-powered offense throughout the season, they have been improving week to week. In the last 2 weeks, they've averaged 38.5, up from their season average of 30.1, which ranks 26th in Division 7. On the opposite side of the ball, they rank 78th in the division, allowing 32.8 points per game.
For Arcadia, this week is a chance to flip the momentum after 5 consecutive losses. Last week was a 41-6 loss against the Arlington Red Devils and they'll look to rebound strong on Friday. Particularly in recent weeks, the Redskins offense has struggled to put points on the board. In their last 5 games, they've put up an average of 6.2 points per game. Throughout the course of the season, they've averaged 13.5, which ranks 84th in Division 7. Defensively, giving up 48.5 points per game, they rank 102nd in the division.
Prediction: Riverdale to win (85.50% chance of victory)