Friday's road team, the East Knox Bulldogs are looking to continue what's looking like a run at the playoffs as they take on the Danville Blue Devils. The Bulldogs are already in good shape, projected to finish 3rd in the Region 22 playoff standings. On the other hand, the Blue Devils are projected to finish 15th in Region 25, which would not earn them a playoff berth. Danville comes into the game as the favorite, projected to come away with a 33-24 victory. The Bulldogs rank 24th in Division 6 while the Blue Devils rank 34th in Division 7. East Knox hopes to mount an effort on Friday that will prove that they are, indeed, the better of the two. The teams have played each other in each of the last five years so neither is likely to surprise the other. Over their last 5 matchups, the Blue Devils have won 4, a trend they hope to continue. In 2018's matchup, the Bulldogs came away with a 28-21 victory.
Looking to build upon their 9-game winning streak, East Knox comes into the week at 9-0. After their 40-17 win against the Mount Gilead Indians, they are confident in their ability to finish strong. The Bulldogs boasts one of the most high-powered offenses in the state and has been even stronger in their most recent contests. Scoring an average of 48.3 points per game, their offense ranks 5th in the state. Over their last 2 games, they've been even more impressive, scoring an average of 52.5 points per game. While recent games have affected averages negatively, their defense is one of the best as well. They rank 7th in their division, giving up an average of 9.9 points per game.
Danville will come into the week looking to put an end to their current 2-game losing streak after a 30-0 loss against the Marengo Highland Fighting Scots brought their record down to 2-7. The Blue Devils 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 3.5 points - this season they've averaged 14.7, which ranks 87th in Division 7. On the opposite side of the ball, they rank 63rd in the division, allowing 28.3 points per game.
Prediction: Danville to win (91.88% chance of victory)