I ended up going 7-3 last week with my picks which gives me a 15-5 record on the season. This week's picks don't get any easier with conference rivalries in full swing.
10. #38 Southfield (2-0) vs. #36 Farmington Hills Harrison (2-0)
The Hawks are off to their usual 2-0 start but it hasn't came as easily. Southfield will give the Hawks all they can handle and more this week as both teams need the win to keep pace with Rochester Adams in the conference race. Southfield's QB Eddie Beal has been torching defenses while Travonn Johnson makes sure the Blue Jay's defense doesn't give up much.
NGS PICK- Southfield 34- 31
9. #16 Detroit Cass Tech (2-0) at Detroit Crockett (1-1)
With King struggling the PSL title is up for grabs and it looks like it will come down to Cass and Crockett. Don't expect to see many points in this game because both defenses are way ahead of the offenses. Thomas Gordon will be the difference maker with his playmaking ability.
NGS PICK- Cass Tech 20-7
8. Davison (0-2) at #37 Flushing (2-0)
I know, I know...Davison is 0-2 but the improvement they made in week 2 by almost knocking off Rockford has to be taken in consideration. While Davison was battling it out with a perennial power last week, Flushing was beating up on a school a third of its size. That preparation will once again have Davison a step ahead of their BIG 9 foes.
NGS PICK- Davison 35-20
7. #25 Clarkston (1-1) at #21 Troy (2-0)
The OAA-Red is up for grabs between Lake Orion and these two teams, so this is a must win game. Both are playoff teams but everyone wants that conference title. Central Michigan commit Will Schwarz (OLB) and company will give Clarkston's offense their toughest test of the early season. Field position and field goals will play a big role in this game so I'm going with Troy kicker Kevin Muma to save the day for the Colts.
NGS PICK- Troy 31-24
6. Holland (2-0) vs. #4 Lowell (2-0)
Holland will come out with the OK-Black title but they won't have the fire power to keep pace with Lowell in this conference crossover. Lowell is on a mission and they are rolling through everyone right now. Holland won't have an answer for Kyle Nichol (QB)and Torsten Boss (WR) so this game might get lopsided in front of the sold out crowd of pink supporting women's breast cancer.
NGS PICK- Lowell 48-14
5. #42 Flint Southwestern (1-1) at #39 Orchard Lake St. Mary's (1-1)
These two teams haven't come out the gates as expected and the injury to Dion Sims (TE/DE) really hurts the Eaglets. But there will still be plenty of star power on the field. Southwestern has the athletes to run step with step with St. Mary's but the key to this game will be if St. Mary's can get stop Southwestern's physical O-line.
NGS PICK- OLSM 24-21
4. Carman-Ainsworth (1-1) at Flint Powers (1-1)
Both teams are coming off tough losses- Powers feels like they let one slip away against St. John's while C-A was embarrassed at home by De La Salle. Both teams are in crucial need of a conference win especially with aspirations of making the playoffs. I'm not really sure if Powers will be able to put up points against C-A's defense. Freshman Shane Barron has been spectacular for Carman and I am expecting another big play out of him.
NGS PICK- Carman-Ainsworth 26- 18
3. #31 Howell (2-0) vs. #27 Milford (2-0)
The old KVC is showing their new conference buddies what hard hitting football is all about. Both teams are coming off impressive wins that drew state wide notice- Milford beat up on South Lyon and Howell took it to Livonia Stevenson. Don't expect to see much passing in this game as both teams are determined to run the the ball. Both teams have big time playmakers in Robin Wijtes (Howell) and Kyle Podvin (Milford), and these guys know how to provide fireworks.
NGS PICK- Milford 36-28
2. Holland West Ottawa (2-0) vs. #1 Muskegon (2-0)
For the third straight week Muskegon has the spotlight on them and all they have done is dominate. Muskegon's defense will have to slow down gunslinger Tyler Van Tubbergen, who is headed to Western Michigan, but T.V.T. might have the most pressure on him as he will have to find a way to keep pace on the scoreboard while throwing against a defense that will be flying all over the field.
NGS PICK- 42-14
1. #3 Macomb Dakota (2-0) vs. #33 Romeo (2-0)
Plenty of people picked Dakota to fall last week against Chippewa Valley. I think people are just tired of seeing Dakota on top but I know better! Dakota might not be the most talented team but nobody is better prepared week in and week out then Coach Giannone's troops. I expect Dakota to find another way to squeak out a win this week against Romeo. Dakota QB Mike Romanchik is learning each week how to lead his offense.
NGS PICK- Dakota 20-13