The David Anderson Blue Devils and the East Palestine Bulldogs head into a week 4 matchup on Friday looking for what will likely be a hardfought victory. While the Blue Devils come in as 13-point favorites, the Bulldogs will look to prove that they are the truly superior team. East Palestine hopes to mount an effort on Friday that will prove that they are, indeed, the better of the two. 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 Blue Devils have won 3, a trend they hope to continue. In the most recent season's matchup, the Bulldogs proved superior, winning 62-8.
East Palestine, projected to finish the season at 1-9, will get a chance to show improvement on Friday. Still relatively early in the season, there are plenty of opportunities remaining to put wins together. Thus far, they haven't been particularly strong in terms of scoring on either side of the ball. Their offense ranks 106th in Division 6, scoring an average of 2.3 points per game. On defense, giving up 52.7 points per game, they rank 106th in the division.
David Anderson has not shown any indication that the year will end any differently than last year. Finishing with a 3-7 record in 2018, they failed to make the playoffs. After a 0-3 start, including last week's 28-20 loss against the Valley Christian Eagles, they are projected to finish the season 14th in the regional playoff standings. Neither side of the ball has been particularly strong for the Blue Devils. Their offense scores an average of 10.7 points per game and their defense allows an average of 29 points per game, ranking 93rd and 65th in Division 7 respectively.
Prediction: David Anderson to win (86.38% chance of victory)