Playoff Predictions - Round 2

The playoffs continue this week and there are some excellent matchups on both sides of the state. Can Detroit Catholic Central pull off another upset? What about the Muskegon and Hudsonville rematch? We give you the break down and predictions on the games.

R1-D1: Rockford (9-1) 103.000 at Holt (10-0) 115.556 - F 7:00 PM
Rams face off against the Rams here in a butting of the horns that should be a great game. Holt has the home crowd going for them and while they gave up some rushing yards last week, the Rockford run game isn't quite what Battle Creek Central's is. BUT Rockford is more balanced and has a better offensive line. Something has to give, but I'll go with the Westside Rams who have been rolling the last couple weeks.
Prediction: Rockford - 28, Holt - 24

R1-D2: Detroit Catholic Central (8-2) 88.873 at Lansing Everett (9-1) 98.667 - F 7:00 PM
Catholic Central upset Howell is dominating fashion last week (*an upset predicted right here BTW!) and now they get to travel to Lansing to face exciting Everett junior QB Reggie Williams, also hot off a 42-0 victory. Rolling Williams out and his ability to get outside the defense could neutralize DT Mike Martin's ability to dominate the interior. However, there is much more to this Shamrock team than just Martin. I like the way QB Ryan Houska has been playing. Can DCC do it again?
Prediction: DCC - 31, Lansing Everett 21

R2-D1: Lake Orion (7-3) 75.111 at Clarkston (9-1) 102.889 - F 7:00 PM
Clarkston has the advantage in nearly every category. It will be tough for Lake Orion to put up points on this defense.
Prediction:
Clarkston - 36, Lake Orion - 14

R2-D2: Clinton Township Chippewa Valley (7-3) 75.111 at Macomb Dakota (10-0) 112.000 - F 7:00 PM
Dakota has had the Reds' number of late and don't expect that to change. Outstanding RB DeAndre Davis should be able to keep Chippewa in it, but Dakota has too much talent all around and especially up front.
Prediction: Dakota - 35, Chippewa Valley - 18

R3-D1: Southfield-Lathrup (8-2) 82.111 at Troy (8-2) 88.333 - S 1:00 PM
Both teams have been playing well of late and both are lead by very good quarterbacks but I'll take Troy's Branko Hamilton in this one.
Prediction: Troy - 20, Lathrup - 16

R3-D2: Detroit Denby (7-3) 78.889 at Warren Cousino (10-0) 112.000 - F 7:00 PM
Cousino has to be on a bit of an upset alert here as Denby has been playing well and has a lot of athleticism. However, too much reliance on the outside running game with Glenn Winston and Allante Shy on sweeps and the lack of a passing game make the Tars one-dimensional. Cousino is disciplined and will contain and that is the key.
Prediction - Cousino - 21, Denby - 10

R4-D1: Novi (9-1) 99.889 at Livonia Stevenson (10-0) 106.667 - F 7:00 PM
Big time matchup at Stevenson tonight. Novi will need DE Tyler Hoover to come up big, pressuring outstanding QB Mitchell White and stopping younger brother, RB Austin White. Novi will pose a tough test, but the three headed monster (WR Myles White as well) will lead Stevenson again.
Prediction: Stevenson - 28, Novi - 20

R4-D2: Livonia Franklin (6-4) 67.333 at Dearborn Fordson (8-2) 85.111 - F 7:00 PM
Franklin has made an unlikely run to the 2nd Round. But they have some talent including RB Cole Kelly and WR Israel Woolfolk. Fordson has relied on the run game behind big OT Mohammed Moukdad and quick running backs Ali Alaboody and Hassan Amen. Throw in the threat of QB Mohammed Bazzy on the ground as well and the Tractors should roll on.
Prediction: Fordson - 35, Franklin - 14

DIVISION II
R1-D1: Muskegon (9-1) 102.111 at Hudsonville (9-1) 106.556 - F 7:00 PM
Rematch! It won't be 52-0 as the Eagles are playing well and Muskegon has struggled a bit, but in the end, the Big Reds still have too much speed.
Prediction: Muskegon - 35, Hudsonville - 24

R1-D2: Lowell (8-2) 87.778 at Caledonia (9-1) 97.556 - F 7:00 PM
Lowell started slow this season, but has really picked it up and Caledonia's program has really risen the last couple years. This will be a tough, grind-it-out kind of game, but I like the way the Arrows' Torsten Boss has improved over the season. He'll be the key to victory.
Prediction: Lowell - 16, Caledonia - 14

R2-D1: Midland (8-2) 87.111 at Bay City Central (8-2) 91.000 - F 7:00 PM
Midland has a great duo in QB Andrew Maxwell and RB Colter Roberson, but their defense gave up a lot of big plays late in the season, including last week against Arthur Hill. That spells doom against an outstanding Wolves backfield lead by Luther Ware and Trenton Robinson.

R2-D2: Davison (7-3) 68.111 at Flushing (8-2) 83.556 - F 7:00 PM
Minor upset as Davison QB Jared Cowan will be efficient and get his team the win.
Prediction: Davison - 24, Flushing - 20

R3-D1: White Lake Lakeland (8-2) 79.778 at Farmington Hills Harrison (8-2) 85.889 - F 7:00 PM
Lakeland is a well coached team, but they haven't seen a collection of skill athletes like RB Norman Shuford and WRs Gerald Scarber and Bruce Horner.
Prediction: Harrison - 29, Lakeland - 26

R3-D2: Birmingham Brother Rice (8-2) 91.250 at Rochester Adams (9-1) 100.000 - F 7:00 PM
This will be an outstanding game. Brother Rice isn't as powerful as they have been in the past, but the Warriors know how to win, so never count them out. Still, Adams has the advantage.
Prediction: Adams - 23, Brother Rice - 18

R4-D1: Detroit Northwestern (9-1) 96.000 at Detroit Martin Luther King (10-0) 116.444 - S 1:00 PM
A PSL matchup here. Northwestern has speed at the skill positions and QB Martez James can really throw it, but he'll have a hard time with DE Nick Perry in his face. King also has a tough offensive line and RB Darrin Williams who should carry them to victory yet again.
Prediction: King - 26, Northwestern - 14

R4-D2: Dearborn (7-3) 72.444 at Wyandotte Roosevelt (9-1) 94.667 - F 7:00 PM

QB Anthony Mifsud will keep Dearborn in it, but Roosevelt's running game will control the clock and they'll get after Mifsud on defense.
Prediction: Roosevelt - 30, Dearborn - 19


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