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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Football district final predictions

The pressure is on for teams hoping to win a district title and for me after my stellar 24-6 performance in predictions last week (16-4 in Oakland County matchups). We will see what teams, and if I, can handle the pressure in the next few days.

Division 1

Region 2
District 1
Saline (7-3) at Canton (9-1), Friday 7 p.m. — Pick: Canton
District 2
Novi Detroit Catholic Central (6-3) vs. Livonia Stevenson (8-2), Friday 7 p.m. — Both teams are always tough in the playoffs. Both teams played Novi this season, with Catholic Central beating Novi, 15-12, last week, while Stevenson fell to Novi, 28-27, back in Week 6. The only thing you can take from that, is this is going to be a close game. Pick: Catholic Central

Region 3
District 1
Romeo (8-2) at Lake Orion (9-1), Friday 7 p.m. — Lake Orion’s freshman quarterback Sean Charette continues to impress, but Romeo could be his toughest test to date. The Bulldogs have won in big fashion the last two weeks after losing two weeks in a row, but the Dragons haven’t lost since Week 1. Pick: Lake Orion
District 2
Sterling Heights Stevenson (9-1) at Macomb Dakota (9-1), Friday 7 p.m. — Pick: Dakota

Division 2
Region 3
District 1
Birmingham Brother Rice (7-3) at Lakeland (8-2), Friday 7 p.m. — The Eagles have to get through perennial power Brother Rice to earn their first district championship in school history. Brother Rice finished third in the CHSL Central, but could beat the OAA White and KLAA North champions in back-to-back weeks. Pick: Brother Rice
District 2
Grosse Pointe North (8-2) at Warren DeLaSalle (10-0), Friday 7 p.m. — Pick: DeLaSalle

Region 4
District 1
Dearborn (7-3) at Southfield (9-1), Saturday 1 p.m. — The Bluejays are in position to win their first football district title in school history. Beating Dearborn, which has faced tougher competition this season, won’t be an easy task, but Southfield has done nothing but prove doubters wrong all season. Pick: Southfield
District 2
Wyandotte Roosevelt (9-1) at Southgate Anderson (9-1), Friday 7 p.m. — Pick: Southgate Anderson

Division 3
Region 4
District 1
Lapeer West (7-3) at Bloomfield Hills Lahser (9-1), Saturday 7 p.m. — I don’t know Lahser’s record in home playoff games on Saturday night, but it’s got to be pretty impressive. West is coming off an emotional one-point win over Linden so there could be a bit of a letdown, we shall see.. Pick: Lahser
District 2
St. Clair Shores Lake Shore (7-3) at Warren Fitzgerald (9-1), Saturday 7 p.m. — Pick: Fitzgerald

Division 4
Region 3
District 1
Marshall (7-3) at Goodrich (10-0), Saturday 1 p.m. — Pick: Goodrich
District 2
Birmingham Detroit Country Day (8-2) at Detroit Southwestern (9-1), Saturday 1 p.m. — Country Day has won six straight after staring off the season 2-2 and has scored over 40 points in four of those six week. The Yellowjackets might not put up 40 against Southwestern, which has only give up more than six points twice this season, but should escape Southwestern with the ‘W’. Pick: Country Day

Division 6
Region 4
District
1
Manchester (8-2) at Blissfield (9-1), Friday 7 p.m. — Pick: Blissfield
District 2
Madison Heights Bishop Foley (6-4) at Monroe Catholic Central (8-2), Friday 7 p.m. — Bishop Foley will have its hands full considering the two common opponent games it shares with Catholic Central. The Ventures lost to Allen Park Cabrini, 24-18, in Week 1, while the Falcons beat Cabrini, 59-7, last week. And Bishop Foley fell, 39-20, to Dearborn Divine Child in Week 6, while Catholic Central beat Divine Child, 41-19, in Week 9. Pick: Catholic Central.

Division 7
Region 4
District 1
Dryden (10-0) at Ubly (10-0), Friday 7 p.m. — Pick: Ubly
District 2
Royal Oak Shrine (10-0) at Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest (10-0), Friday 7 p.m. — Both teams are having historic seasons, but one will come to an end Friday night. Northwest is averaging 35 points a game this season, while Shrine is averaging just over 35 points a game. Defensively, the Crusaders are giving up an average of 10.3 points per game, while the Knights have given up an average of seven points per game. Add it all up and this should be a great Division 7 game. Pick: Shrine

Division 8
Region 4
District 1
Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart (10-0) at Beal City (9-1), Friday 7 p.m. — Pick: Beal City
District 2
Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes (6-4) at Deckerville (9-1), Saturday 7 p.m. — The Lakers eliminated Deckerville last season in the district finals so the Eagles will be anxious to avenge last year’s loss. But come playoff time, it’s not wise to pick against the Lakers. Pick: WOLL

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1 Comments:

Blogger REKING said...

While it was sad to see the Rochester Hill Lutheran Northwest team's perfect season come to an end, they certainly lost to a superior talent! And yes, Mr. Dade is worth the price of admission.

What is much more sad though, has to do with a team that won!!! No it does not have to do with bad calls by the refs, it has to do with the fans. Or should I say, lack of them.

Lapeer West High school lies some 35 miles north of the beautiful turf-grass stadium at Bloomfield Hills Lahser High School. Times are very tough in Lapeer County, unemployment is high and the standard of living is struggling as our economy tanks. But, that did not stop the Panther faithful from making the trip, in the rain, in full force. The Panther fans fill the bleachers and lined the fence two deep! They were rewarded by a great game that had the outcome in doubt right up until the end!

Meanwhile, across the stadium sat the Lahser fans, what little of them that bothered to come out! Yes it was cold, and yes it was raining...but this was the District Championship game!!!! Lahser's student section was mostly full, and served their school proud! The band made up the next largest section of fans!! The fixed back chair section that fills the 50 yard line seats, was barely above half full!!! There were some other fans mixed in, but they did not make up a third of the fans that drove down from Lapeer!! I find that very sad!! The Lahser football team fought hard, the band endured the weather....but the fans.....they stayed home!! The parents of the football players and band should be ashamed of themselves!! Maybe if the weather is too tough for them, they could pay the Lapeer West fans to drive down for the next game, and cheer in their places!! The players and band surely deserved better than that!! Shame on you Lahser Parents, our children deserve better!!

November 10, 2008 at 9:24 AM 

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