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Five bold (or not so bold) MHSAA Football Playoff predictions

Football   | Jeff Dullack

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With the MHSAA Playoffs are set to begin this Friday, here are four bold (or not so bold) predictions for the postseason:

Someone other than Cass Tech and Detroit Catholic Central will win the Division 1 State Championship – While at this point, this prediction seems unlikely, it seems like a very real possibility in my opinion. There are several strong contenders in Division 1 this season, including Utica Eisenhower, the No. 3 team in Tom Markowski’s latest rankings, or Saline, who also posted a perfect 9-0 record this season. Also keep any eye on 9-0 Davison and 7-2 Canton, who could also make a strong push to get to Ford Field.

Despite moving from Division 5 to Division 4, River Rouge will win a state championship this year – So this isn’t the most bold of predictions, but Rouge will have to go through Detroit Country Day, which will be a difficult task, but Rouge has the star power, the playmakers and the experience to win a state championship. The Panthers have several returners from last year’s team that advanced to the Division 5 state final, and will be more than prepared to make another run to Ford Field.

Walled Lake Western will win the Division 2 State Championship – The Warriors, when healthy are about as complete of a team that the Division 2 playoffs have to offer. With John Tracy at quarterback and Cody White at wide receiver and one of the more underrated talents in the state in Kam Ford alongside, the Warriors dangerous and high powered in just about every way offensively. With a strong and consistent defense, Western has what it takes to win a state title in 2016.

Detroit U-D Jesuit will advance to the Division 2 State Championship Game – The Cubs nearly pulled off an upset over last year’s Division 2 state champs, Detroit King, and I believe that this year, U-D has what it takes to get to Ford Field this year. A tough first two games against Oak Park and presumably King, but with Scott Nelson, Elijah Collins and a handful of other key playmakers, the Cubs could be making a trip to the finals next month.

Pewamo-Westphalia will win the Division 7 State Championship – One season ago, the Pirates advanced to the Division 7 state championship game and narrowly lost at the hands of Ishpeming, who has won three of the last four state titles in D-7. But this year, led by running back Jared Smith, who is closing in on a third straight 2,000 yard rushing season, PW will make it three trips to Ford Field in the past six years and claim their first MHSAA State Championship