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The Drive For Five - Five Teams on Upset Alert in Round 2 of the MHSAA Football Playoffs

Field Hockey   | Jeff Dullack

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With round one of the MHSAA Postseason not offering many upsets, here are five teams on upset alert for the second round of the playoffs beginning on Friday night:

(No Order)

Utica Eisenhower – The Eagles have been impressive all season, including a 26-13 win over Dakota in Week 2, but Eisenhower is on upset alert this week. Dakota is playing its best football of the season and seems to be back to full strength after dealing with injuries throughout the regular season. Eisenhower hasn’t really been tested since a win over Romeo back on September 23rd and that could play into Dakota’s favor early on in Friday’s game.

Pewamo-Westphalia – The Pirates have one of the most dominant running backs that the state has to offer in Jared Smith, who just broke the MHSAA career touchdowns record with 117, but Saugatuck also has their own star in quarterback Blake Dunn, who has proven to be a threat when it comes to throwing and running the ball. Pewamo-Westphalia narrowly escaped last year’s District Final showdown between the two teams and needs to be ready for another closely contested battle once again on Friday night.

Romeo – The defending Division 1 state champs seem to be hitting their stride as of late, but the Bulldogs still don’t strike me as the dominant squad they were last fall. Waterford Mott is coming off of a strong showing in a playoff opening win over Rochester Adams behind a 200 yard, four touchdown performance from running back Keith Fields, who now has over 2,000 yards of total offense on the year. Romeo is still the favorite in this game, but the Bulldogs will need to contain Fields in order to move on in the playoffs.

West Catholic – West Catholic is coming off an impressive playoff opening win over Lansing Catholic to kick off the postseason, but Portland is unbeaten on the 2016 season and could pose a big time challenge to West Catholic, who has won each of the past three Division 5 titles. Portland also earned a win over Lansing Catholic earlier this season and has proven to be a strong team on both offense and defense this season.

Saline – Just a season ago, Canton upset Saline in the Division 1 playoffs and very nearly upset Cass Tech, and the Chiefs could pull off the upset once again this season. Saline is 10-0 this season and has put together several impressive performances as of late, led by their quarterback, Zach Schwartzenberger. But after starting the season with an 0-2 record, Canton has been playing as well as anybody over the past eight games, led by a dominant rushing attack, which racked up almost 600 yards rushing in a win over Northville last week.