Thursday, September 4, 2008


We popped off the season last week by going 8-2 in my picks. This week it doesn't get any easier as some of the state's top teams face off, as well as some conferences start play. On one hand it makes for great football but on the other hand it makes it very tough to predict picks.

10. Mt. Pleasant (0-1) at Saginaw High (1-0) this game brings huge sugnificance to the S.V.L., can the basketball powerhouse finally climb back up the football tree? Mt. Pleasant took a big hit in a blow out loss to Midland in week 1 while Saginaw receivers DeAnthony Arnette and Mike Green came up big in the Trojan's win over Bay City Central. This game is huge for Saginaw's confidence and another SVL win will worry future foes.

NGS PICK- Saginaw High 42-35

9. Highland Park (0-1) at #3 Inkster (1-0) It's no secrect that Highland Park can play a lil' football and deserves to be a playoff team but an 0-2 start out of the gates will be tough to climb out of. H.P. lost a close 14-6 battle to Dearborn last week, this week veteran QB Ian Thomas will have to find the endzone more often if they hope to keep pace with Inkster's potent offensive attack led by QB Devin Gardner, who is collecting high major offers every time he blinks.

NGS PICK- Inkster 42- 17

8. Stevensville Lakeshore (1-0) at #34 Jackson Lumen Christ (1-0) Christi faces another huge test and it's only week 2! Last week the Titans over came Larry Caper and the Battle Creek run game, now they have to switch game plans to defend the Lakeshore air attack of QB Zak Wasserman. Lakeshore dominated Coldwater 48-0 last week and face their first real test.

NGS PICK- Lumen Christi 27-21

7. #48 Davison (0-1) at #4 Rockford (1-0) Davison stands in the "BIG 50" despite a week 1 loss, if they want to stay there and keep their playoff hopes alive they better scrape up a win, unfortunitly they travel to Rockford where the Rams don't like handing out W's to anyone but theirselves. Rockford's defense is phanominal and their offense will keep the ball in their hands sending Davison home 0-2.

NGS PICK- Rockford 38-10

6. G.R. Ottawa Hills (0-1) at #18 Country Day (1-0) The Yellowjackets look to avenge last year's loss to Ottawa Hills but the health of RB O'Neil Swanson is unclear. Still no problem for Country Day because all they'll do is showoff their depth by inserting sophmore stud Lee Bailey, who rushed for 84 yards in the second half of last week's win over Seaholm when Swanson went down. Ottawa Hills won't have an answer for Bennie Fowler, making the night tough.

NGS PICK- Country Day 31-7

5. #5 Macomb Dakota (1-0) at #26 Chippewa Valley (1-0) this game has upset written all over it because you wonder how long Dakota can stay on top of the hill. With that being said I just love how Coach Mike Giannone prepares his team each and every week. I predict that the Dakota offensive line will take over this game and find running room for their backs.

NGS PICK- Dakota 28-24

4. #9 De La Salle (1-0) at #33 Carman-Ainsworth (1-0) Carman has the defense to compete but they will have to find a way to score against a stingy and disciplined Pilot defense. The biggest match-up in this game will be the battle of the trenches. Both teams believe their strengths are in their big fellas up front, so something has to give! Carman's Tre Branch and company will have to find a way to get into the Pilot's backfield to brake up the passing game or else the Martinez boys (John and Jim) will make them pay.

NGS PICK- De La Salle 24-14

3. #35 Nouvel C.C. (1-0) at #36 Traverse City St. Francis (1-0) Both these guys will be hoisting trophies at Ford Field but that won't happen till November rolls around, for now they'll just beat up on each other. They have split the last two match-ups in high scoring games. This time I don't think points will come as easy with both teams featuring outstanding linebacker cores in Josh Fallon and Murphy Wilson of Nouvel and Grant Robb and Max Bullough of St. Francis.

NGS PICK- Nouvel 17-14

2. #19 Lansing Everett (1-0) at #25 East Lansing (1-0) East Lansing's D-line will cause problems and get into the Everett backfield but I think that plays into the hands of Everett QB Reggie Williams. Williams is better on the run and will make the plays to put up points. If Everett can slow the East run game then they will get the win.

NGS PICK- Everett 27- 20

1. #1 Brother Rice (1-0) at #6 Muskegon (1-0) was there any doubt that this was the game of the week? Both defenses looked fantastic last week. Brother Rice is the most disciplined defense in the state while no defense gets to the ball faster than Muskegon. The most imprortant player in this game will be Big Red QB Elan Banks. Muskegon won't find as much running room as it did against King, so Banks will have to move the ball through the air to keep Rice guessing. Who ever wins this game is a toss up but I am expecting for it to go down as a classic!

NGS PICK- 31-28

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