Friday's matchup between the Kings Knights and the West Clermont Wolves takes place between two teams that most likely will not make the playoffs. The Knights come into the week projected to finish 12th in the Region 8 playoff standings. The Wolves are projected to finish 12th in Region 4. Kings comes in as a 31-point favorite as each team fights to close out the regular season strong. The Knights, one of the better teams statewide, come into the game ranked 57th. On the other hand, the Wolves come in ranked 475th in the state and 68th in Division 1. The Wolves will be looking to defend their home field and avoid getting humiliated by what looks to be a superior opponent. There is a certain degree of familiarity between the two teams after they faced off last season. In 2018, the Knights defeated the Wolves by a score of 41-19.
Kings comes into the game on a 4-game winning streak. After last week's 56-8 win against the Loveland Tigers, they are 6-3 and look to continue the positive momentum. The Knights offense has been one of the best in the division, especially in recent weeks. For the year, they rank 9th in Division 2 with 39.6 points per game. Over the last 2 weeks, they've scored an average of 39.6. Their defense gives up an average of 22.8 points per game, which ranks 43rd in their division - in their last 2 games, they've improved, giving up an average of 7.5 points.
West Clermont will look to continue the momentum of their 2-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 20-10 win against the Milford Eagles last week, bringing their record to 4-5. While the Wolves offense has not been particularly great, ranked 57th in Division 1 with 18.1 points per game, they have improved in recent weeks, averaging 29.75 points over their last 4 contests. Defensively, they'll look to show more signs of improvement after giving up 8.5 points on average in their last 2 games, improved from a 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 8.5 points, an improvement over their 37th-ranked 22 points allowed per game on the year.
Prediction: Kings to win (99.93% chance of victory)