Friday's matchup between the Colonel Crawford Eagles and the Carey Blue Devils takes place between two teams that most likely will not make the playoffs. The Eagles come into the week projected to finish 16th in the Region 22 playoff standings. The Blue Devils are projected to finish 11th in Region 22. Colonel Crawford comes in as a 3-point favorite as each team fights to close out the regular season strong. A major challenge on the schedule for both teams, this looks to be one of the more competitive games of the week. 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 Eagles have been superior, coming out on top in 3 of them. However, the past won't matter come kickoff. In 2018's matchup, the Blue Devils came away with a 34-19 victory.
Colonel Crawford comes into the game on a 2-game losing streak, which they hope to put to an end on Friday. Their 41-21 loss against the Seneca East Tigers last week brings their record to 4-5. Particularly in recent weeks, the Eagles offense has struggled to put points on the board. In their last 2 games, they've put up an average of 20.5 points per game. Throughout the course of the season, they've averaged 27.1, which ranks 44th in Division 6. On defense, they rank 68th in the division, giving up 28.3 points per game.
Carey will be looking to put together a win streak coming off of a 42-0 win over the Buckeye Central Bucks last week, which brings their record to 4-5. While the Blue Devils offense has not been particularly great, ranked 76th in Division 6 with 20.3 points per game, they have improved in recent weeks, averaging 31.75 points over their last 4 contests. They've played at a simiar level on defense, ranking 31st in their division, giving up 18.9 points per game. Over their last 7 games, however, they have made progress, giving up an average of 15.29 points per game.
Prediction: Colonel Crawford to win (77.75% chance of victory)