As we reach the end of the season, teams that still have reasonable chances are jockeying for playoff positioning. For the home team in this matchup, the Bellbrook Golden Eagles, anything but a playoff bid would be a disappointment. They come into the week projected to finish 8th in the Region 11 playoff standings. For the visiting Monroe Hornets, it's a battle to stay in contention. They are currently expected to finish the season 2-8, which would put them around 24th in Region 12. The Golden Eagles are the favorites on Friday, projected to win the game by a score of 28-21. 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. Bellbrook will hope to continue the recent trend, in which they've won 5 of the last 5 matchups. In last year's installment, the Golden Eagles came out on top by a score of 41-10.
Monroe comes into the game on a 2-game winning streak. After last week's 48-35 win against the Madison Mohawks, they are 2-7 and look to continue the positive momentum. While the Hornets offense has not been particularly great, ranked 77th in Division 3 with 20.2 points per game, they have improved in recent weeks, averaging 41.5 points over their last 2 contests. They rank similarly on defense, coming in at 95th in their division, allowing 32 points per game. That number has generally gone up in recent weeks as they've given up an average of 24.5 points in their last 2 games.
Bellbrook will look to continue the momentum of their 4-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 41-7 win against the Oakwood Lumberjacks last week, bringing their record to 7-2. While the Golden Eagles offense has not been particularly great, ranked 40th in Division 3 with 29 points per game, they have improved in recent weeks, averaging 41 points over their last 2 contests. While the defense hasn't been much better, they have improved lately - while they average 8.6 points allowed per game, which ranks 4th in their division, they've taken that average down to 3.5 points over the last 2 weeks.
Prediction: Bellbrook to win (99.91% chance of victory)