The Nelsonville-York Buckeyes and the Athens Bulldogs meet on Friday for what could be an important matchup - while both currently have less than a 50% chance of making the playoffs, every win counts at the end of the season. The Buckeyes are expected to finish 6-4, good for 10th in Region 21. The Bulldogs are projected to finish 14th in Region 11 at 6-4. Athens will be the favorite, projected to come out on top by a score of 38-14. The Bulldogs come into the week expecting the home victory, which is the most probable outcome. However, the upset-minded Buckeyes will come in looking to prove preconceived notions wrong. One of the more familiar matchups of week 10, both teams know what to expect. Athens will hope to continue the recent trend, in which they've won 3 of the last 5 matchups. In last year's installment, the Bulldogs came out on top by a score of 49-14.
Nelsonville-York comes into the game on a 2-game winning streak. After last week's 34-20 win against the Vinton County Vikings, they are 6-3 and look to continue the positive momentum. The Buckeyes have struggled on offense, scoring only 18 points per game over their last 3 games. On the year, they rank 52nd in Division 6, scoring an average of 25.1 points per game over the course of the season. They rank similarly on defense, coming in at 43rd in their division, allowing 21.8 points per game. That number has generally gone up in recent weeks as they've given up an average of 13.86 points in their last 7 games.
Athens will look to continue the momentum of their 3-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 69-26 win against the River Valley Raiders last week, bringing their record to 5-4. Scoring an average of 35.2 points per game on offense, the Bulldogs rank 17th in Division 3. They've been even more dominant in recent weeks, scoring an average of 54.33 over their last 3 games. Their defense gives up an average of 27.9 points per game, which ranks 80th in their division - in their last 2 games, they've improved, giving up an average of 22 points.
Prediction: Athens to win (98.33% chance of victory)