Playoff Picks: Friday’s State Finals

Winners italicized.

All games are at Ford Field.

Playoff pick record: 72-14

Division 2
Muskegon Mona Shores 12-1 vs. Warren De La Salle 10-3 1 pm
Mona Shores’ postseason is suddenly mirroring South Christian in 2012, as they lost their QB, Tyree Jackson, to a knee injury in their semifinal win over Farmington Hills Harrison. When South Christian’s QB, Jon Wassink, was hurt in the 2012 semis, backup Derek Woltjer led the Sailors to a blowout of Detroit Country Day in the championship game. If Jackson can’t go, his backup is Tyler Trovinger – though he, too, was knocked out of the Harrison game, with a concussion. Behind them on the depth chart are Elijah Wilson and Noah Dykstra. De La Salle would be a tough out Jackson or no, coming off a semifinal win over perennial state power Brother Rice.

Division 4
Grand Rapids South Christian 11-2 vs. Lansing Sexton 13-0 7:30 pm
This is South Christian’s third straight championship game appearance, as they were runners-up in 2013 and won it all the year prior This is the culmination for a great senior class that helped get it rolling in 2012. South Christian may have to score 50 for the second week in a row to win this likely shootout. You have to like Jon Wassink in that scenario, and the return of receiver Eric VanVoorst just makes Wassink and running back Geff Plasman that much more dangerous.

Division 8
Muskegon Catholic Central 13-0 vs. Munising 12-1 10 am
Muskegon Catholic has scored at least 42 points in their four playoff games. That may not change. However what could change, if Munising scores more than a TD they’ll have fared better than any of MCC’s other postseason opponents.

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