Kenneth Finley (Muskegon) vs.
Steve Elmer (Midland)
Elmer, Midland’s 6-6, 290 senior headed to Notre Dame, is what Finley aspires too — an All-American, headed to an elite program. With Elmer at offensive tackle and Finley, a 6-3, 265 junior, at defensive tackle, they may not lock horns too often. But they set the tones for their respective lineups in what will be a physical game in Midland.
Harold Wiggins (Stevensville Lakeshore) vs.
Drake Harris (Grand Rapids Christian)
Everyone knows about GR Christian’s junior star Drake Harris. Wiggins isn’t a household name, except amongst D2 coaches who like the big-bodied receiver who gives Lakeshore a major receiving threat of their own. Last week against Hamilton the 6-3, 190 senior caught three passes for 157 yards and a TD.
Alec Stevens (Ogemaw Heights) vs.
Blake Mazur (Comstock Park)
Both these linemen play both ways, while Stevens, a 6-5, 270 junior, is projected to the offensive line in college and Mazur, a 6-3, 250 senior, the defensive side. There’s nothing subtle about these guys, every inch will be earned.
Sam Shutes (Three Rivers) vs.
Jon Wassink (South Christian)
Neither of these quarterbacks, Shutes, a senior, nor Wassink, a sophomore, have any hesitation to launch it. In 2012, Shutes has gone 124-218 passing for 2,134 yards and 16 TDs to three interceptions, while running 94 times for 564 yards and 10 TDs. Wassink has conected on nearly 70 percent of his throws, 128-of-185, for 1,815 yards and 12 TDs and has rushed 73 times for 410 yards and six TDs. Wassink moves well in the pocket, but he really hasn’t had to thus far in the playoffs thanks to continually improving play for the Sailors’ young offensive line. He’s been efficient as ever against Paw Paw and Dowagiac, completing 31-of-39 passes for 436 yards and three TDs, while running for 122 yards and three TDs.