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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Football semifinal predictions

Division 1
Lake Orion (11-1) vs. Dearborn Fordson (12-0), 7 p.m. Saturday at Troy Athens — There is nothing flashy about Lake Orion, it just finds ways to win. The Dragons have won by a combined 10 points in their three playoff game and seven of those points were in 7-0 win over Utica Eisenhower in the district semifinals. Fordson has won its three games by 10 or more points, but hasn’t blown anybody out of the water. Its unusual this game is being played at night. I thought the whole rule about playing semifinal games on a Saturday was to avoid night games in the colder weather. It’s been cold around here the past few days, which could play a factor. The team that can run the ball effectively should come out on top. Pick: Lake Orion
Livonia Stevenson (10-2) vs. Rockford (11-1), 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Spartan Stadium — Pick: Rockford

Division 2
Southfield (11-1) vs. Warren DeLaSalle (12-0), 1 p.m. Saturday at Berkley — Don’t be too quick to count out Southfield. DeLaSalle dominated the Catholic League Central Division this season, but the league appeared to be down this season. The Bluejays are full of playmakers, who can change the whole complexity of a game in seconds. Southfield has won two close games to get here, if it can keep this one close until the end then the Bluejays could make their first appearance at Ford Field. Pick: DeLaSalle
Muskegon (12-0) vs. Davision (9-3), 1 p.m. Saturday at Spartan Stadium — Pick: Muskegon

Division 3
Bloomfield Hills Lahser (11-1) vs. Inkster (11-1), 1 p.m. Saturday at Birmingham Seaholm — Not to discount all of Lahser’s accomplishments this season, but it has not seen a team as talented as Inkster all season. The Knights dominated the OAA’s lowest division and their toughest test in the playoffs has been Warren Fitzgerald. Inkster won its first two playoff games by a combined score of 102-0 before winning defeating Trenton 16-13 last week. Pick: Inkster
East Grand Rapids (11-1) vs. Stevensville Lakeshore (11-1), 1 p.m. Saturday at Ostego — Pick: East Grand Rapids

Division 4
Birmingham Detroit Country Day (10-2) vs. Croswell Lexington (9-3), Saturday 1 p.m. at Macomb Dakota — Country Day is one win away from making its second straight trip to Ford Field. The Yellowjackets’ defense has given up just seven total points in three playoff games and will be amped to get another shot at a state title after falling to Marine City last year in the title game. Croswell-Lexington has found ways to win thus far in the playoffs, with two one-point victories, but its magical run could come to an end. Pick: Country Day
Holland Christian (12-0) vs. Grand Rapids Catholic Central (9-3), Saturday 1 p.m. at East Kentwood — Pick: Holland Christian

Division 5
Standish-Sterling (12-0) vs. Ovid-Elsie (11-1), Satuday 2 p.m. at Midland — Pick: Standish-Sterling
Muskegon Oakridge (12-0) vs. Jackson Lumen Christi, Saturday 1 p.m. at Battle Creek Central — Pick: Oakridge

Division 6
Montague (11-1) vs. Saginaw Nouvel (12-0), Saturday Alma College — Pick: Saginaw Nouvel
Leslie (11-1) vs. Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central (10-2), Saturday 1 p.m. at Withington Stadium, Jackson — Pick: Catholic Central

Division 7
Traverse City St. Francis (11-1) vs. Ravenna (10-2), 1 p.m. at Ferris State — Pick: St. Francis
Ubly (12-0) vs. Reading (12-0), 1 p.m. at Howell — Pick: Ubly

Division 8
Crystal Falls Forest Park (12-0) vs. Frankfort (11-1), 1 p.m. at Superior Dome — Pick: Forest Park
Muskegon Catholic Central (12-0) vs. Beal City (11-1) Pick: Catholic Central



Anonymous Anonymous said...

well ubly is the destroyer of Div 7 just beat reading 47- 8 thats 3 unbeaten oppenents in 3 weeks for a awesome 41 ppg+ and 10 ppg-scored 125 in 3 games and gave up 30 points. I have a pick for you Ubly 35 Traverse city St Francis 14 These two have meet before in 2003 ubly went into 1/2 time up 14-0 but inexperiance took over and lost 20-14 not this time a well seasoned team both def. and off. thanks for your time Mr.horn

November 23, 2008 at 4:10 PM 

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