Playoff Picks: Friday’s State Finals

  • Predicted winners are italicized.
  • All games are played at Detroit’s Ford Field.
  • Playoff picks record: 70-15.

Division 8
Muskegon Catholic Central 10-2 vs. Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes 13-0, 10 am
This isn’t quite the Catholic Central behemoth of their back-to-back defending state champions and the Lakers are very strong up front, but their plethora of skill players should be able to mix it up enough to give WOLL its first loss of 2015.

Division 2
Lowell 12-1 vs. Detroit King 13-0, 1 pm
Two championship programs, with Lowell doing it in Division 2 in 2009, two years after Detroit King won it all. Both teams went undefeated in top leagues this season, Lowell in the O-K White and MLK in the Detroit PSL. A case-in-point of why we started the Lake Michigan Football Report, watch Lowell senior game-breaker Gabe Steed. He’s every bit as talented as the King skill guys and their myriad D1 offers, while the three-year Lowell standout doesn’t have even a MAC offer. Yet. Unless there is a leak in the Ford Field roof, the Red Arrows won’t have the Muskegon-alleged advantage of a soft track like in the semifinals.

Division 4
Zeeland West 13-0 vs. Flint Powers 11-2, 7:30 pm
This could be the largest score discrepancy of the opening day. West’s  Unity Christian game was an anomaly, hard to beat the same team twice in the same season etc. The annihilation of Forest Hills Eastern in the semifinals was a return to the mean for the Dux.

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