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Why the top three teams in the state could have trouble in Round 3 of the playoffs

Football   | Jeff Dullack

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With Round three of the MHSAA Football Playoffs ready to kick off on Friday night, the top three teams (according to Tom Markowski's rankings at the end of the regular season) could have some trouble advancing to the Semifinals next weekend. Here's why:

Detroit Cass Tech – In my opinion, the Technicians are the safest pick out of these three teams to advance, but they still can’t overlook Saline. This year’s Saline team could be as good as its 2014 team where the Hornets advanced to the Division 1 finals, where they fell at the hands of Clarkston. The Technicians have, without a doubt the best secondary in the entire state, but if quarterback Zach Schwartzenberger and tight end Bryce Wolma (Committed to Arizona), along with running back Connor Hibbard can find a way to put points on the board, they can challenge the favorites to win the Division 1 title.

Detroit Catholic Central – The Shamrocks have had as tough of a schedule as anyone all season long, but will get another test on Saturday afternoon. Grandville plays a similar style to Catholic Central and with Mr. Football Candidate Ian Hall leading the way for the Bulldog defense, this game could be very low scoring. Grandville’s defense has been dominant, allowing just 55 points all season long and just three points in two playoff games so far.

Utica Eisenhower – The Eagles silenced almost all of their skeptics last week with a statement win over Macomb Dakota, but Eisenhower needs to be careful this week when they host Southfield A&T, who seems to be playing its best football of the season right now. Backup quarterback John Darby has played outstanding for the Warriors since the end of the regular season and has the offense playing firing on all cylinders.