Last Week's Record: 6-3 Season Record: 103-39
Birmingham Brother Rice at Walled Lake Western
This could have been the state title game in Division 2 last year if Western had topped Lowell in the semifinals, but these two teams will face a year later in a battle to see who advances to the state semis. Western's Josh Jones had a sensational performance last week in a win over Fenton, but the Western offense won't have as much luck against the stiff Brother Rice defense.
Brother Rice 28, Western 21
Novi Detroit Catholic Central at Plymouth
The Shamrocks are turning it on at the right time this year, specifically, their defense. Catholic Central has shut down a pair of offenses in Hartland and Walled Lake Northern, who can score 50 points in just about any game, holding them to 32 points total. Plymouth just happens to be playing the Shamrocks at the wrong time.
Catholic Central 21, Plymouth 14
Rockford at Clarkston
Many are skeptical of the Wolves because of their postseason struggles and the fact that they've struggled to take that last step to get to Ford Field. But I think that all changes this year and Clarkston will make it to the state finals behind what has been an underrated defense that should be able to bottle up Rockford on Clarkston.
Clarkston 24, Rockford 21
Macomb Dakota at Lake Orion
It'll be great to see a playoff rivalry finally be renewed, and this time it will be at Lake Orion. Much like last week, I think the number of playmakers that the Dragons have will be able to show through late in the game and expect Lake Orion to take another step towards Ford Field.
Lake Orion 28, Dakota 21
Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes at Harbor Beach
This will be the Laker's toughest test to get to Ford Field, facing a Harbor Beach team that scores points early and often and has several shutouts on the year defensively. But I picked Lakes to make it to the state finals at the start and I wont be changing my mind any time soon. Look for Laker defense, which has forced seven turnovers in two playoff games to once again be opportunistic and lead the way to the semifinals.
WOLL 27, Harbor Beach 24 in OT
Grosse Ile at Birmingham Detroit Country Day
Grosse Ile can flat out score, the Red Devils put up 70 points in a win last week, but they haven't played a defense quite like Country Day's. Look for the Yellowjacket defense to shut down the Grosse Ile offense, while still putting up some good offensive numbers in the quarterfinals.
Country Day 35, Grosse Ile 21
Oak Park at Wyandotte Roosevelt
Both teams have had big seasons that they won't soon forget, but Oak Park has without question played the tougher schedule this season. Oak Park's defense has been as good as it gets in the playoffs, while the offense has been one of the best at picking up yards on the ground and simply draining the clock with is something lethal to have in the postseason.
Oak Park 31, Roosevelt 17
Detroit East English at Orchard Lake St. Mary's
It's pretty simple in my opinion, teams are just in St. Mary's way in the division 3 playoffs. With one of the more diverse offenses and physical defenses that you will find, the Eaglets shouldn't have much trouble advancing to the semifinals on Saturday.
OLSM 42, East English 21