Friday's matchup between the Watkins Memorial Warriors and the Hebron Lakewood Lancers takes place between two teams that, as of now, most likely will not earn postseason bids. Currently, the Warriors and the Lancers are projected to finish 18th and 23rd in their respective regional playoff standings. Watkins Memorial enters the week as a 30-point favorite and will look to expand their playoff chances with a victory on Friday. The Warriors will invade the home field of the Lancers looking to come away with a decisive victory. For Hebron Lakewood, against a formidable opponent, this means they'll need to elevate their play substantially. The teams are no strangers to one another, playing against each other in each of the last five years. Over their last 5 matchups, the Warriors have been superior, coming out on top in 4 of them. However, the past won't matter come kickoff. In 2018's matchup, the Warriors came away with a 62-7 victory.
Watkins Memorial hopes to build off of last week's 35-28 win against the Licking Heights Hornets and finish the season strong. The Warriors offense will look to continue to improve as they've scored an average of 23.5 points per game over their last 2 games, up from their season average of 17.2, which ranks 82nd in Division 2. Defensively, giving up 25.6 points per game, they rank 60th in the division.
Hebron Lakewood comes into Friday looking to put a halt to their 6-game losing streak and build some momentum moving forward. Last week's loss came at the hands of the Granville Blue Aces, who beat the Lancers by a score of 36-0. Particularly in recent weeks, the Lancers offense has struggled to put points on the board. In their last 4 games, they've put up an average of 5 points per game. Throughout the course of the season, they've averaged 9.2, which ranks 98th in Division 4. On the opposite side of the ball, they rank 86th in the division, allowing 35.6 points per game.
Prediction: Watkins Memorial to win (99.44% chance of victory)