Saturday’s State Finals Picks

  • Winners are italicized
  • All games are played at Detroit’s Ford Field
  • Playoff pick record: 82-15

Division 3
Zeeland West 12-1 vs. DeWitt 13-0, 7: 30 pm
Ithaca carries the torch for Mid-Michigan football. Then there’s DeWitt,  a great program with coach Rob Zimmerman that has missed the playoffs just once in the new century. Junior QB Jake Johnson has talent at his disposal, and the D has been strong enough to win the close ones like 21-20 in the semifinal with St. Clair. The Panthers have yet to see an offense as relentless as Zeeland West’s. The Dux average nearly 50 points and 400 rushing yards per game. DeWitt may be capable of keeping up, they’ve played and won five similarly paced games.

Division 5
Grand Rapids West Catholic 9-4 vs. Menominee 13-0 4:30 pm
Menominee is looking for its first championship since coach Joe Noha was an assistant for Ken Hofer in 2007. West Catholic has been, if not a stronger program ,then at least a more fortunate postseason participant than the UP team. Menominee has a balanced offense which has rolled through the playoffs, including 59-28 against Muskegon Oakridge in the semifinal and 49-27 on Standish-Sterling the week before. West Catholic is a 5-4 bonus baby living the dream. This is a very veteran group that lost on Ford Field just last year. Not this time.

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