Friday's road team, the Warren G Harding Raiders are looking to continue what's looking like a run at the playoffs as they take on the Howland Tigers. The Raiders are already in good shape, projected to finish 8th in the Region 5 playoff standings. On the other hand, the Tigers are projected to finish 21st in Region 9, which would not earn them a playoff berth. Warren G Harding comes into the game as the favorite, projected to come away with a 30-13 victory. Warren G Harding ranks 76th in the state, compared to Howland, who ranks 383rd in the state and 76th in Division 3. Warren G Harding, who should be able to quiet the home crowd and control the game, will have to prove they can do so on Friday. 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 Raiders got the better of the Tigers, winning by a score of 36-19.
Looking to build upon their 3-game winning streak, Warren G Harding comes into the week at 6-3. After their 22-14 win against the West Toronto Prep Spartans, they are confident in their ability to finish strong. While the Raiders haven't been the most high-powered offense throughout the season, they have been improving week to week. In the last 5 weeks, they've averaged 33.6, up from their season average of 29.8, which ranks 31st in Division 2. 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 10.5 points, an improvement over their 30th-ranked season average of 21.
For Howland, this week is a chance to flip the momentum after 2 consecutive losses. Last week was a 41-10 loss against the Canfield Cardinals and they'll look to rebound strong on Friday. The Tigers offense hasn't been particularly great this season in terms of point production, a trend which continues into recent weeks. Over their last 2 games, they've scored an average of 5 points - this season they've averaged 15.8, which ranks 90th in Division 3. Defensively, giving up 24.1 points per game, they rank 57th in the division.
Prediction: Warren G Harding to win (99.30% chance of victory)