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5 Bold Predictions for the MHSAA Football Playoffs

Football   | Jeff Dullack

State Champs! Sports Network

Five bold predictions (although some are not so bold) for the upcoming 2015 MHSAA Football Playoffs

1.    West Bloomfield will advance to the Division 1 State Championship Game

The Lakers are undefeated going to the playoffs for the first time since 1962 and while the Lakers will have a very difficult matchup in round 2 against Detroit Catholic Central, West Bloomfield should be able to sneak past the Shamrocks and have an opportunity to play for the Division 1 state title.

A dynamic offense led by quarterback and Michigan State-commit Trishton Jackson and a defense that has been quietly dominant as West Bloomfield has allowed just 117 points, while scoring 340 points this year, the Lakers are one of the most complete teams in the state and that should carry them to Ford Field.

2.    The winner of the Muskegon v. Muskegon Mona Shores round two game will win the Division 2 State Title

Division 2 is loaded with a number of different teams that can win a state championship this season, but don’t look past Muskegon or Mona Shores. Both teams played for a state championship last year and are both playing extremely well again this season as Mona Shores heads to the playoffs with a perfect 9-0 record, while Muskegon is 7-2 with its only losses coming to Detroit Catholic Central and Mona Shores.

Mona Shores has arguably the best offense in the state of Michigan, led by quarterback Tyler Trovinger and receivers Hunter Broersma, Darece Robinson and Kobe Burse, all three of which will be playing Division 1 college football.

Muskegon has one of the best defenses in the state as the Big Reds have allowed just over 100 points this season and have a quarterback in Khalil Pimpleton that has done good job of guiding the Muskegon offense.

3.   The Division 1 and Division 2 state championship games will each feature two of this year’s Mr. Football Award Candidates.

Doubling-down on the West Bloomfield prediction, the Division 1 state championship game will feature two of our Hungry Howie’s Mr. Football Award candidates in West Bloomfield’s Trishton Jackson and Saline’s Josh Jackson.

In Division 2, Detroit King will make the state championship game and has a team that features two Mr. Football candidates in Donnie Corley and Martell Pettaway. If Mona Shores advances to the Division 2 title game as well, that would make a third Mr. Football candidate featured in that game as well in Broersma.

4.    Orchard Lake St. Mary’s and Detroit Loyola will be the only teams to repeat as State Champions

Ok, so this isn’t the most bold prediction out there, but the St. Mary’s and Loyola are both entering the postseason playing arguably their best football of the season. 
St. Mary’s has been one of the favorites to win the Division 3 state championship since the beginning of the season as the Eaglets entered the 2015 season as the State Champs! No. 1 ranked team in the state and have a relatively easy path to the Division 3 state championship game and should be able to repeat.

There was plenty of uncertainty surrounding Loyola heading into this season after the Bulldogs lost several key players to graduation after winning the school’s first state title last year, but credit to head coach John Callahan as his team once again looks poised for a fourth straight trip to Ford Field. Loyola sent a bit of a statement to the rest of the State when the Bulldogs, a Division 7 team, played close and competitive games against defending state champions, St. Mary’s (24-12 loss in week one) and Warren De La Salle (23-12).

5.     Ithaca will once again win the state championship in Division 6

Ithaca saw its remarkable streak of 69 consecutive wins snapped in the Division 5 state championship game as Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central earned a 22-12 win. But since then, the Yellowjackets enter the postseason with a 9-0 record and have rolled through the competition this season, outscoring opponents by a staggering margin of 434-38, and the defense has turned in five shutouts so far this season. This is an Ithaca team that is on a mission this season and that mission is to return to the top of Division 6.