Semifinal Selections

Division 1
Rockford 10-2 vs. Novi Catholic Central 8-4
@Battle Creek Central
Between Rivals and the Detroit News, eight prep football aficionados picked Clarkston to beat Rockford. And sure, we like to joke about Eastide hype. But you’d be a fool to deny any legit team or players. It doesn’t get more legit than Catholic Central football. It’s a credit to the strength of the Catholic League that a 5-4 team can go this deep in the playoffs.Winner: Rockford

Division 2
Muskegon 11-1 vs. Caledonia 9-3
@ Hudsonville

The Fighting Scots had an easy playoff path relative to their rugged league schedule in the O-K White, where they took their three losses. Muskegon got to rest last week against an overrated Saginaw Valley Conference foe, but now it gets real again with a West on West matchup. Unlike Midland, Caledonia’s bigs are athletic enough to play with Muskegon’s. Winner: Muskegon

Division 3
Grand Rapids Christian 11-1 vs. DeWitt 10-2
@ East Kentwood

Grand Rapids Christian has the perfect team for the fast track at EK. In Week 9, DeWitt beat Fruitport 21-20. A week later, the Eagles began the playoffs with a 45-6 win over that same Fruitport team. This has blowout written all over it. The big question may be, will Drake Harris set the state receiving yardage mark this game, or in the state final? Winner: GR Christian

Division 4
Comstock Park 11-1 vs. Grand Rapids South Christian 9-3
@Houseman Field

In a contrast of styles, working class hero Just Win Jake Brown vs. Everybody’s All-American Jon Wassink, this is the state’s most intriguing QB matchup.This game could resemble the Panthers’ playoff opener, when they had to gut it out and come from behind against a young but talented Allendale team. South Christian gets better by the week, but the state championship run starts next year. Winner: Comstock Park

Division 5
Grand Rapids West Catholic 9-3 vs. Menominee 11-1
@Superior Dome

Menominee may have a new coach, but the product remains top-notch. West Catholic has to hope its long trip North to Marquette brings a better result than their long trip South, a season-opening loss in Indianapolis. Winner: West Catholic

Division 6
Shelby 10-2 vs.Ithaca 12-0
@ Ferris State

Each win is history for Shelby, which is playing with nothing to lose against the consensus Division 6 favorite. Winner: Ithaca

Constantine 10-2 vs. Monroe St. Mary Catholic
@ Battle Creek Harper Creek

These teams play, like, all the time in the semifinals. Constantine has too much offense. Winner: Constantine

Division 8
St. Ignace 12-0 vs. Beal City 12-0
@ Thirlby Field

The only semifinal in the Lake Michigan area with two undefeated teams. The Saints’ all-state linebacker, Joe Ostman, is committed to CMU, so he’ll see better days in the Mt. Pleasant Metroplex. Because on Saturday … Winner: Beal City

Muskegon Catholic Central 9-3 vs.Harbor Beach 11-1
@ Alma College

Harbor Beach will have the top prospect on the field, senior Sloan Klaski. But MCC has the team speed and strength of schedule. Winner: Catholic Central


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