The Ada Bulldogs come into Friday projected to finish the season 2-8 at 23rd in Region 23. They host the Allen East Mustangs, who are currently expected to make the playoffs at 6th in Region 23. Allen East have the edge on paper, entering the game as a 5-point favorite. However, the battle for a postseason bid can only be decided on the field. With two teams coming in expecting the win, we won't know for sure who's the better team until they take the field on Friday. 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 Bulldogs have been superior, coming out on top in 4 of them. However, the past won't matter come kickoff. In 2018's matchup, the Mustangs came away with a 51-0 victory.
Looking to build upon their 4-game winning streak, Allen East comes into the week at 8-1. After their 20-14 win against the Crestview Knights, they are confident in their ability to finish strong. The Mustangs offense will look to continue to improve as they've scored an average of 39.5 points per game over their last 4 games, up from their season average of 29.4, which ranks 33rd in Division 6. Defensively, they haven't been the strongest either in terms of points allowed. They give up 13 points per game, ranking 13th in their division.
Ada will come into the week looking to put an end to their current 4-game losing streak after a 70-40 loss against the Paulding Panthers brought their record down to 2-7. The Bulldogs have struggled on offense, scoring only 20 points per game over their last 4 games. On the year, they rank 28th in Division 6, scoring an average of 31.3 points per game over the course of the season. On defense, they rank 106th in the division, giving up 54.1 points per game.
Prediction: Allen East to win (97.98% chance of victory)