Friday's matchup between the Lakota West Firebirds and the Lakota East Thunderhawks takes place between two teams that most likely will not make the playoffs. The Firebirds come into the week projected to finish 12th in the Region 4 playoff standings. The Thunderhawks are projected to finish 10th in Region 4. Lakota East comes in as a 3-point favorite as each team fights to close out the regular season strong. Lakota East looks to be the superior team on paper, coming into the game ranked 93rd in the state while the Firebirds rank 237th in the state and 49th in Division 1. With no definitive indication over who is truly the better team, each side will have to make its case on the field come Friday. One of the more familiar matchups of week 7, both teams know what to expect. Lakota West will hope to continue the recent trend, in which they've won 4 of the last 5 matchups. In last year's installment, the Thunderhawks came out on top by a score of 35 - 0.
Last week, Lakota West dropped a game 19 - 0 against the Mason Comets. They'll look to get in the win column this week as they hope to finish out the season on a positive note. They could use some improvement on both sides of the ball - on offense, they rank 69th in Division 1 with 10.7 points per game; on defense, they give up 18.7 points per game, which ranks 35th.
Lakota East tallied up a 41 - 3 win against the Oak Hills Highlanders last week, bringing their record to 4-2 - they'll look to add to the win column once again on Friday. The Thunderhawks defense ranks 13th in Division 1, giving up 14.2 points per game. On offense, they score an average of 27.8 points per game, which ranks 26th in their division.
Prediction: Lakota East to win (65.90% chance of victory)