Week 2 Predictions

We had a decent start last week, going 5-2 on our picks. Always looking to improve, we've analyzed week one and projected onto week 2, where there are several big local showdowns including Allendale/West Catholic and Dakota vs Chippewa Valley.

Last Week: 5-2
Season Record: 5-2

West Catholic at Allendale
It would be easy, but foolish to underestimate West Catholic. Sure, they don't have a ton of returning starters and they did drop their week one clash with Catholic Central. On the other hand, they played C.C. tough and they have some young talent and their senior pass catching duo of Jake Visser and Zac Smith will be tough matchups for the Falcons. However, so will Hersey Jackson. He will have to carry the load if Allendale is to win this one, but the Falcons are going to have to show they can pass the ball to keep West honest. Tough game to call, I'll take the deeper team in a close one.
Prediction: West Catholic - 26, Allendale - 24

Macomb Dakota at Clinton Township Chippewa Valley
This is a good chance for the Chips to pull off an upset. They have a big, strong line lead by seniors Brent Vergauwen and Collin McCormick, which should help them control the clock with the running game. The x-factor in the game is under center, where both teams have guys making their second start. It will be close, but I look for Dakota's winning ways to continue.
Prediction: Macomb Dakota - 20, Chippewa Valley - 17

Birmingham Brother Rice at Muskegon
A cross-state showdown between two teams who have been very successful in recent years. Both teams come off big victories as Muskegon downed Detroit King 35-0 and Brother Rice beat Oak Park 45-7. Not to take anything away from the Big Reds, but King is down this year and the Reds are still fairly inexperienced. They have the athletes to keep it close, but the experience of Brother Rice and their defense, will be too much to handle.
Prediction: Brother Rice - 30, Muksegon - 14

Lansing Everett at East Lansing
A big capitol city showdown. East Lansing has a talented roster which features Michigan State commitment Blake Treadwell and athletic wide receiver/defensive back Ricardo Duncan. But, they'll have to contend with the most underappreciated player in the state: Everett QB Reggie Williams. He had a great performance in week 1 and I look for him to make the plays for the Vikings to win.
Prediction: Everett - 28, East Lansing - 21

Highland Park at Inkster
The Vikings come off a big win at Zeeland West, but it was also a physical one. They'll get an extra day to recover for this Saturday game. The team also struggled with the Dux' running game and they'll have to contend with speedy Brandon Philsen this week. However, the Polar Bears don't have the offensive line Z-West did and they'll have a tough time stopping Inkster's three headed monster of Devin Gardner, Cameron Gordon and Alan Freeman. Also watch out for junior WR Johnathan Taylor, who had a big game last week.
Prediction: Inkster - 34, Highland Park - 14

Orchard Lake St. Mary's vs U of D Jesuit (at Ferndale)
Coming off a disappointing loss last week, I look for Orchard Lake to get back on track. Dion Sims is lost for the the year, but wide receivers Rodney Woodland and Suave Lavallis provide dangerous targets for Robert Bolden.
Prediction: OLSM - 27, U of D Jesuit - 13

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