Friday's matchup between the Withrow Tigers and the Walnut Hills Eagles takes place between two teams that, as of now, most likely will not earn postseason bids. Currently, the Tigers and the Eagles are projected to finish 22nd and 11th in their respective regional playoff standings. Walnut Hills enters the week as a 4-point favorite and will look to expand their playoff chances with a victory on Friday. Statistics and rankings aside, this one's completely up in the air and will likely go to whichever team plays at its highest level. One of the more familiar matchups of week 10, both teams know what to expect. Walnut Hills will hope to continue the recent trend, in which they've won 3 of the last 5 matchups. In last year's installment, the Eagles came out on top by a score of 62-14.
Withrow has dropped each of their most recent 2 games and will look to reverse the negative momentum on Friday. They are currently 3-6 and come off of a 59-13 loss against the Turpin Spartans. 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 10 points - this season they've averaged 16.9, which ranks 83rd in Division 2. Defensively, giving up 32.3 points per game, they rank 83rd in the division.
Looking to rebound from a 34-31 loss against the Anderson Redskins last week, Walnut Hills will try to establish momentum early and sustain it throughout. The Eagles offense is one of the most high-powered in their division, particularly in recent weeks. For the year, they rank 20th in Division 1 with 30.2 points per game. Over the last 2 weeks, they've scored an average of 30.2. Their defense allows an average of 23 points per game, which ranks 40th in their division.
Prediction: Walnut Hills to win (92.49% chance of victory)