Friday's matchup between the Cambridge Bobcats and the Meadowbrook Colts takes place between two teams that most likely will not make the playoffs. The Bobcats come into the week projected to finish 10th in the Region 15 playoff standings. The Colts are projected to finish 13th in Region 15. Cambridge comes in as a 4-point favorite as each team fights to close out the regular season strong. Cambridge comes in expecting to come away with the road victory. However, it looks to be one of the more hotly contested matchups of the week and Meadowbrook will be looking to defend their home field and finish the game on top. The teams have played each other in each of the last five years so neither is likely to surprise the other. Over their last 5 matchups, the Colts have won 3, a trend they hope to continue. In the most recent season's matchup, the Colts proved superior, winning 27-7.
Cambridge comes into the game on a 4-game winning streak. After last week's 24-21 win against the River View Black Bears, they are 6-3 and look to continue the positive momentum. While the Bobcats offense has not been particularly great, ranked 57th in Division 4 with 24 points per game, they have improved in recent weeks, averaging 33.5 points over their last 4 contests. They rank similarly on defense, coming in at 37th in their division, allowing 19.4 points per game. That number has generally gone up in recent weeks as they've given up an average of 15.33 points in their last 3 games.
Meadowbrook will look to continue the momentum of their 2-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 36-29 win against the Coshocton Redskins last week, bringing their record to 4-5. While the Colts 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 40.5, up from their season average of 27.8, which ranks 42nd in Division 4. Defensively, they'll look to show more signs of improvement after giving up 21.25 points on average in their last 4 games, improved from a On defense, they'll also be looking for improvement, which they have shown signs of in recent weeks. Over their last 4 games, they've allowed an average of 21.25 points, an improvement over their 72nd-ranked 28.3 points allowed per game on the year.
Prediction: Cambridge to win (77.56% chance of victory)