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 Anna Rockets, anything but a playoff bid would be a disappointment. They come into the week projected to finish 4th in the Region 23 playoff standings. For the visiting St. John's Blue Jays, it's a battle to stay in contention. They are currently expected to finish the season 1-9, which would put them around 24th in Region 28. The Rockets are the favorites on Friday, projected to win the game by a score of 39-14. The Rockets rank 78th in the state while the Blue Jays rank 534th in the state and 44th in Division 7. Anna, who should theoretically control the game on Friday, look forward to proving they are the better team. One of the more familiar matchups of week 10, both teams know what to expect. Anna will hope to continue the recent trend, in which they've won 5 of the last 5 matchups. In last year's installment, the Rockets came out on top by a score of 39-14.
St. John's has dropped each of their most recent 8 games and will look to reverse the negative momentum on Friday. They are currently 1-8 and come off of a 41-13 loss against the New Bremen Cardinals. While the Blue Jays haven't been the most high-powered offense throughout the season, they have been improving week to week. In the last 2 weeks, they've averaged 24, up from their season average of 13.7, which ranks 89th in Division 7. Defensively, giving up 35 points per game, they rank 83rd in the division.
Anna is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 4-game winning streak, including last week's 49-28 win against the Parkway Panthers. That brings their record to 8-1 as they look to add another notch to the win column. The Rockets have been one of the most prolific offenses in the state and even stronger in their most recent contests. Scoring an average of 44.1 points per game, their offense ranks 22nd in the state. Over their last 3 games, they've been even more impressive, scoring an average of 50.33 points per game. While recent games have affected averages negatively, their defense is one of the best as well. They rank 11th in their division, giving up an average of 12.9 points per game.
Prediction: Anna to win (99.99% chance of victory)