Northville at Novi Detroit Catholic Central
A rematch from the first round of the playoffs last year, this time around, Catholic Central probably won’t win quite as easily, but they’ll still pick up a win in this one.
Catholic Central 35 Northville 21
Pontiac at Clarkston
I’m incredibly tempted to pick the upset here, with Pontiac being one of the state’s hottest teams over the last few weeks. But Clarkston only has one loss that they haven’t forfeited, including one earlier this year over the Phoenix.
Clarkston 34 Pontiac 28 in OT
Romeo at Troy Athens
Athens has been overlooked by many all year long, and while Romeo will be a tough team to beat, the Red Hawks have impressed all season long
Athens 27 Romeo 21
Milford at Walled Lake Western
It’s been a tough week or so for Western, and unfortunately it all came at the worst possible time, but what has been overlooked all week long is the fact that Milford has had a very good season, and if the Mavericks take the lead, their run game is very capable of moving the ball, while running the clock.
Milford 31 Western 20
Walled Lake Central at Lake Orion
Two of the best teams in the state from a season ago, and while both aren’t quite what they were this year, this game makes for arguably the best match-up in the county in round 1. Lake Orion’s defense worries me, especially against the run, something Central does very well.
Central 38 Lake Orion 35 in 2 OT
South Lyon at Holly
There aren’t many teams hotter right now than Holly, winners of seven in a row. So why go against the hot hand?
Holly 28 South Lyon 24
Ortonville Brandon at Port Huron
Brandon snuck into the playoffs for the first time in about 10 years with a 5-4 record, and while locking up a win would be great to see from Brandon, Port Huron has been pretty impressive all year long.
Port Huron 34 Brandon 20
Rochester Adams at Oxford
A rematch of one of the best regular season games of the year, which Oxford won in overtime. This game will be another close one, but I think Oxford will pick up the “W” in regulation this time around.
Oxford 35 Adams 31
Birmingham Seaholm at Farmington Hills Harrison
Seaholm has been a great story to follow all season long, but unfortunately it has to end this week. The only team that can beat Harrison at this point… is, well… Harrison to be honest.
Harrison 42 Seaholm 14
Birmingham Brother Rice at North Farmington
Birmingham Brother Rice is a far better team than what their record shows, and I have a feeling that they’ll show just that this week.
Brother Rice 35 North Farmington 22
Farmington at Detroit Henry Ford
After their week 9 loss to Harrison, many thought that Farmington’s season was over with just a 5-4 record. But, after a relatively favorable draw, the Falcons might not be done for a little while longer
Upset Special: Farmington 34 Henry Ford 24
Southfield at Birmingham Groves
Keon Collier is as electrifying of a running back as there is, and if Groves can get him going early and often, they might have a shot. But chances are, Southfield is going to overcome a shaky finish to their season and take this one.
Southfield 42 Groves 24
Auburn Hills Avondale at Lapeer East
A very favorable draw for Avondale, who just barely made it into the playoffs, but the key in this game for the Yellowjackets isn’t going to be the passing game, but rather, the running game
Avondale 21 East 7
Bloomfield Hills Lahser at Redford Thurston
Lahser has a good enough defense to keep limit, or shut down most opposing offenses, but Thurston has a better offense than most which should give them the edge in this one.
Thurston 35 Lahser 21
Detroit Pershing at Orchard Lake Saint Mary’s
Saint Mary’s might have the best defense in the state, keeping opponents to single digits five times this season, three of those were shutouts. The defense will be what leads the Eaglets back to Ford Field.
OLSM 28 Pershing 8
Birmingham Detroit Country Day at Detroit Crocket
Country Day, is currently riding a seven game win streak, where the Yellowjackets have put together a pretty impressive string of offensive and defensive performances. Crockett, though, poses a very big threat to that seven game streak.
Upset Special: Country Day 31 Crocket 28 in OT
Marysville at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep
A very tough draw for the unbeaten Fighting Irish, but with quarterback Dan Durkin an Co, Notre Dame Prep should keep rolling along on offense.
Notre Dame Prep 38 Marysville 21
Clawson at Almont
Clawson’s offense, behind running back DeShawn Gilbert have put up their fair share of points this season, but has yet to go up against a defense like Almont’s, which has given up double digit point in just two games this season.
Almont 21 Clawson 10
Detroit PEC at Madison Heights Lamphere.
Lamphere has been averaging well over 30 points per game this season en route to their 7-2 record, so while this is PEC’s first playoff appearance in school history, it will probably be short-lived.
Lamphere 42 PEC 27
Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett at Royal Oak Shrine
Shrine, has been too strong in all facets of the game all season long for most teams to handle, and while they did stumble a bit last week, they’ll bounce back in a big way this week.
Shrine 38 Liggett 17