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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Week 9 predictions

I finally found someone worse at picking games than me and proved it last week by defeating my wife Dina. I went 10-4, while she went 4-10. Feels good to win for once, but enough gloating. (I’ll save it for when she has to buy me dinner) The final week of the regular season is upon us and six Oakland County teams can clinch a playoff spot and bring the total up to 26. It’s also rivalry week for teams all over Oakland County so without further delay, here are the picks.

Milford (5-3) at Lakeland (6-2) — The Mavericks have lost two in a row and are in danger of missing the playoffs. Blake Heiman and crew would like nothing better than to make Milford sweet it out as a 5-4 team. Pick: Lakeland
Clawson (3-5) at Madison Heights Madison (5-3) — There’s no reason the Eagles should lose at home with a chance to clinch a playoff spot. Pick: Madison
Sterling Heights Parkway Christian (7-1) at Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest (8-0) — Northwest has a chance to complete a perfect regular season, but Parkway will be its tough test to date. Pick: Northwest
Birmingham Detroit Country Day (6-2) at Dearborn (6-2) — It’s a good thing Country Day already clinched a playoff spot because this is going to be a tough one. Pick: Dearborn
Pontiac Northern (3-5) at Pontiac Central (0-8) — Throw out the records when these two teams meet at Wisner Stadium, in fact I’m sure both teams would love for you to throw out their record. Pick: Northern
Troy Athens (2-6) at Troy (5-3) — The Colts could be a dangerous team if they make they playoffs. A return to the state semifinals might be asking too much, but first they have to beat the Red Hawks. Pick: Troy
Clarkston (6-2) at Lake Orion (7-1) — In my humble opinion the best rivalry game in Oakland County. These teams could very well meet again in the playoffs. I like the Dragons on their home field. Pick: Lake Orion
Oak Park (2-6) at West Bloomfield (5-3) — Lakers don’t underestimate Oak Park and you’re in the playoffs. And by the way what happened to Oak Park this year? 2-6? Pick: West Bloomfield
North Farmington (2-6) at Farmington (5-3) — Farmington is quickly growing on me. The Falcons have been playing with their back to the wall since Week 4. Don’t let up now. Pick: Farmington
Bloomfield Hills Andover (1-7) at Bloomfield Hills Lahser (7-1) — The Barons could make their season with a victory over the Knights, but I don’t see it happening. Pick: Lahser
Rochester Adams (7-1) at Rochester (1-7) — The Highlanders will likely take out all their frustration from last week’s loss on the Falcons. Pick: Adams
Birmingham Seaholm (1-7) at Birmingham Groves (3-5) — A down year for both programs, but it still should be a good game. Pick: Groves

Birmingham Brother Rice (5-3) vs. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (4-4) — Show of hands, who had Brother Rice 5-3 and St. Mary’s 4-4 at the start of the season? Yeah, me either. The Eaglets won the first meeting, but I don’t see the Warriors dropping what is basically a playoff game. Pick: Brother Rice
Novi Detroit Catholic Central (5-2) vs. Warren De La Salle (8-0) — I believe I picked against the Pilots three times and they won all three. Go ahead, make it four. Pick: Catholic Central
Royal Oak Shrine (8-0) vs. Allen Park Cabrini (5-3) — Shrine won the first meeting 48-0. It might be a little closer, but the Knights still win. Pick: Shrine
Southfield (7-1) at Southfield-Lathrup (4-4) — The Bluejays are the surprise team of 2008 in Oakland County and will likely host a playoff game with a victory. Pick: Southfield.

Record — Last week: 10-4; Season 68-32, .680 winning percentage



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