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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Week 8 predictions

I promised a perfect 13-0 on my picks last week and fell two games short, going 11-2. I’m sure no one is surprised I fell short, especially not my wife Dina, who thinks it’s easy to pick games. She said she could easily pick all the winners so I’m giving her a shot this week. I will give my normal picks, followed by hers. We’ll see who can pick games the best in the Pemberton household this week. Loser buys dinner.

Lakes Conference championship game
Lakeland (6-1) at Howell (6-1) — The Eagles are on a five-game winning streak and should be able to escape Howell with the victory. Pick: Lakeland
Dina’s pick: Howell

Kensington Conference championship game
Canton (6-1) at Novi (6-1) — The scoreboard operator will earn his paycheck in this one. Novi is averaging over 28 points per game, while Canton in averaging over 37 points. Pick: Novi
Dina’s pick: Novi

Walled Lake Western (5-2) at Milford (5-2) — The Mavericks gave up 40 points to Saline last week. Western won’t put up 40, but should get the 'W'. Pick: Western
Dina’s Pick: Milford

Birmingham Brother Rice (4-3) at Flint Powers (2-5) — The Warriors are playing for their playoff life. It could get ugly for Powers. Pick: Brother Rice
Dina’s pick: Brother Rice

Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (4-3) at Davison (4-3) — Both teams need a win to stay in the playoff hunt. If the Eaglets win, then it would likely set up a matchup with Brother Rice next week with the winner going to the playoffs. Pick: St. Mary’s
Dina’s pick: St. Mary’s

Oxford (6-1) at Linden (7-0) — The Flint Metro championship often comes down to this game each year. The Wildcats will split the league championship for the second straight year. Pick: Oxford
Dina’s pick: Linden

Hazel Park (4-3) at Bloomfield Hills Lahser (6-1) — Hazel Park lost a heartbreaker last week to Avondale. This week the Vikings’ playoff hopes disappear. Pick: Lahser
Dina’s pick: Lahser

Lake Orion (6-1) at Rochester Adams (7-0) — The OAA White champion Highlanders vs. the OAA Red champion Dragons. (Both teams have clinched at least a share) It doesn’t get much better than this. Pick: Adams
Dina’s pick: Adams

West Bloomfield (4-3) at Birmingham Seaholm (1-5) — The Lakers have won two in a row and need two more to sneak into the playoffs. Pick: West Bloomfield
Dina’s pick: Seaholm

Farmington Hills Harrison (4-3) at Clarkston (5-2) — Harrison needs a win to make the playoffs, while the Wolves also need a win or will have to beat rival Lake Orion next week to make the playoffs. I don’t see Clarkston losing at home. Pick: Clarkston
Dina’s pick: Clarkston

Troy Athens (2-5) at Farmington (4-3) — Farmington has really turned things around after a 0-3 start. Don’t get too cocky Falcons, you don’t have any room for error. Pick: Farmington
Dina’s pick: Athens

Dearborn Divine Child (4-3) at Novi Detroit Catholic Central (4-2) — My math is not real good, but I believe Catholic Central clinches a spot in the Prep Bowl A-B championship with a win. Pick: Catholic Central
Dina’s pick: Divine Child

Troy (5-2) at Southfield (6-1) — The Bluejays have been a pleasant surprise this season and could get a home playoff game with a win over the Colts. Pick: Southfield
Dina’s pick: Troy

Catholic League C-D semifinals
Madison Heights Bishop Foley (4-3) at Royal Oak Shrine (7-0) — The Knights are a good bet to win their first Catholic League championship since 2001. Pick Shrine
Dina’s pick: Bishop Foley

Last week: 11-2; Season: 58-28, .674 winning percentage



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