The Marietta Tigers come into Friday projected to finish the season 4-6 at 24th in Region 11. They host the Zanesville Blue Devils, who are currently expected to make the playoffs at 6th in Region 11. Zanesville have the edge on paper, entering the game as a 32-point favorite. However, the battle for a postseason bid can only be decided on the field. Zanesville will look to go on the road and humiliate the Marietta Tigers in their own back yard. The teams are no strangers to one another, playing against each other in each of the last five years. Over their last 5 matchups, the Blue Devils have been superior, coming out on top in 4 of them. However, the past won't matter come kickoff. In the most recent season's matchup, the Blue Devils proved superior, winning 41-7.
Zanesville comes into the game on a 2-game losing streak, which they hope to put to an end on Friday. Their 48-21 loss against the New Philadelphia Quakers last week brings their record to 6-3. The Blue Devils offense is the 22nd-ranked offense in Division 3, scoring an average of 33.9 points per game over the course of the season. In their last 2 games, however, they've cooled off, averaging 21 points per game. Their defense allows an average of 24.2 points per game, which ranks 58th in their division.
Marietta will come into the week looking to put an end to their current 2-game losing streak after a 42-6 loss against the Dover Tornadoes brought their record down to 4-5. Particularly in recent weeks, the Tigers offense has struggled to put points on the board. In their last 2 games, they've put up an average of 10 points per game. Throughout the course of the season, they've averaged 27.9, which ranks 50th in Division 3. On defense, they rank 92nd in the division, giving up 31 points per game.
Prediction: Zanesville to win (99.41% chance of victory)