The Girard Indians and the Niles McKinley Dragons meet on Friday for what could be an important matchup - while both currently have less than a 50% chance of making the playoffs, every win counts at the end of the season. The Indians are expected to finish 6-4, good for 10th in Region 13. The Dragons are projected to finish 11th in Region 9 at 7-3. Niles McKinley will be the favorite, projected to come out on top by a score of 32-30. The Indians, one of the top teams in Division 4, come into the game ranked 9th. The Dragons, on the other hand, come in ranked 61st in Division 3. 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 10, both teams know what to expect. Girard will hope to continue the recent trend, in which they've won 3 of the last 5 matchups. In the most recent season's matchup, the Indians proved superior, winning 49-13.
Girard hopes to build off of last week's 47-12 win against the Jefferson Area Falcons and finish the season strong. The Indians have boasted one of Division 4's best offenses all season, averaging 32.8 points per game, which ranks 25th. In their last 2 games, they've been even better, scoring 41 points per game. Their defense allows an average of 25.1 points per game, which ranks 64th in their division.
After a 35-7 win against the Lakeview Bulldogs brought their record to 6-3, Niles McKinley will be looking to carry that momentum over and earn another victory. The Dragons offense hasn't been particularly great this season in terms of point production, a trend which continues into recent weeks. Over their last 3 games, they've scored an average of 17.33 points - this season they've averaged 22.8, which ranks 71st in Division 3. They've played at a simiar level on defense, ranking 45th in their division, giving up 20.4 points per game. Over their last 2 games, however, they have made progress, giving up an average of 10.5 points per game.
Prediction: Niles McKinley to win (92.09% chance of victory)