As the playoff picture begins to take shape for the Mentor Cardinals and the Medina Bees, they come up on an important matchup against one another in week 6. The Cardinals are confident that how they finish the season will be enough to bring them to the playoffs - they come into the game projected to finish 1st in the Region 1 playoff standings. For the Bees, chances aren't looking quite as good as they're projected to finish 11th in Region 1. The Cardinals will come in as the favorites, projected to win the game 40 - 17. The Cardinals, one of the better teams statewide, come into the game ranked 3rd. On the other hand, the Bees come in ranked 224th in the state and 50th in Division 1. One of the bigger road favorites of the week, the Cardinals will look to fulfill expectations and bring home the win. For the Bees, this won't be taken lightly as they look to prove themselves capable of defending their home field against one of the tougher opponents on their schedule. Having matched up in 2017, there is a degree of familiarity between the two. Last season, the Cardinals beat the Bees 49 - 14.
Mentor is currently on a 5-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Friday. Coming off of a 35 - 0 win against the Brunswick Blue Devils, they are 5-0 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. They're a high-powered offense, scoring an average of 38.4 points per game, ranking 3rd in Division 1. Their defense gives up an average of 16.8 points per game, which ranks 30th in the division.
Medina comes into Friday looking to put a halt to their 3-game losing streak and build some momentum moving forward. Last week's loss came at the hands of the Shaker Heights Raiders, who beat the Bees by a score of 33 - 20. The Bees aren't particularly dominant on either side of the ball. On offense, they rank 42nd in Division 1 with 21.6 points per game. Their defense, which gives up 25 points per game, ranks 51st in their division.
Prediction: Mentor to win (96.56% chance of victory)