Friday's matchup between the Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets and the West Holmes Knights takes place between two teams that, as of now, most likely will not earn postseason bids. Currently, the Yellow Jackets and the Knights are projected to finish 14th and 16th in their respective regional playoff standings. Mount Vernon enters the week as a 5-point favorite and will look to expand their playoff chances with a victory on Friday. 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. There is a certain degree of familiarity between the two teams after they faced off last season. Last year, the Knights got the better of the Yellow Jackets, winning by a score of 23-0.
Mount Vernon comes off of a 34-14 loss against the Mansfield Senior Tygers and will look to rebound this week as they hope to finish out the season strong. While the Yellow Jackets 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 31, up from their season average of 28, which ranks 39th in Division 2. Defensively, giving up 23.9 points per game, they rank 46th in the division.
Looking to rebound from a 49-24 loss against the Ashland Arrows last week, West Holmes will try to establish momentum early and sustain it throughout. While the Knights offense has not been particularly great, ranked 54th in Division 3 with 26.9 points per game, they have improved in recent weeks, averaging 40 points over their last 2 contests. On the opposite side of the ball, they rank 90th in the division, allowing 30.6 points per game.
Prediction: Mount Vernon to win (66.92% chance of victory)