10. Carrollton (7-0) at St. Charles (7-0) St. Charles is the last hurdle for Carrollton to get by in this dream season. It’s no secret in Mid-Michigan that Carrollton is led by feature back Robert Essex but Essex must find a way to get past those big hogs that St. Charles has.
NGS PICK- St. Charles 27-20
9. Farmington Hills Harrison (4-3) at #38 Clarkston (5-2) Harrison has only missed the playoffs twice since 1992 and its looks like this season will be the third but a win over Clarkston could give the Hawks hope going into week 9 against Stoney Creek (3-4). However Clarkston has a balanced offensive attack that will give the Hawks more then they can handle.
NGS PICK- Clarkston 42-27
8. #49 Troy (5-2) at #12 Southfield (6-1) Troy needs just one more win to qualify for the playoffs, they’ll get it but it just won’t be against Southfield. Southfield can move the ball anyway possible with Eddie Beal and even though Troy has a strong defense, that’s led by Will Schwarz, the Colts will come up short.
NGS PICK- Southfield 31-21
7. #46 OLSM (4-3) at Davison (4-3) with so many teams getting to 6 wins this year it will tough for any 5-4 team to make the playoffs so I don’t have to stress how important this game is. This game is filled with playmakers and could have plenty of fireworks. This game will come down to whoever wins the turnover battle.
NGS PICK- OLSM 32-30
6. #32 Romeo (6-1) at #17 Sterling Heights Stevenson (6-1) these are two solid and well coached teams that have a legit chance to get to Ford Field. Romeo is led by Ben Brown who has carried the run load while Stevenson looks for QB Jason Fracassa to lead the way. I’m going with Romeo but it’ll be a tight one.
NGS PICK- Romeo 27-24
5. #25 Detroit Cass Tech (6-1) vs. #30 Detroit Cody (7-0) yes, Cass Tech has all the high major recruits but there just seems to be something special about Cody this year. This game will be a defensive battle and as tough as the D-lines are, running room won’t come easy although I think Thomas Gordon has enough magic in him to get Cass Tech into next weeks PSL Championship game.
NGS PICK- Cass Tech 13-7
4. #41 Holt (5-2) at #7 Grand Ledge (7-0) Holt needs a win to get a share of the CAAC-Blue and that seems possible since the Rams are now playing their best football but Grand Ledge has just taken care of business week in and week out, nothing fancy just getting the “W”. This game could possibly come down to a field goal on the final play.
NGS PICK- Grand Ledge 23-21
3. #14 Southgate Anderson (7-0) at #8 Dearborn Fordson (7-0) Anderson has posted a 7-0 record behind the arm of QB Kyle Wentzel, who is one of the better yet underrated QB's in the state. But Fordson is just loaded with players at every position, especially now since junior receiver Baquer Sayed has emerged.
NGS PICK- Fordson 28-17
2. #9 Lake Orion (6-1) at #6 Rochester Adams (7-0) I think this will be the week Adams meets the loss column. Lake Orion has one of the top defenses in the state, if not the best. Don’t get me wrong, Adams is good but they just haven’t seen a team as physically tough as Lake Orion is. Adams’ QB Andrew Waszak will get thrown out of his comfort level which might lead to turnovers.
NGS PICK- Lake Orion 23-17
1. #2 Muskegon (7-0) at #4 Rockford (7-0) as competitive as the OK-Red is, it sees as if we all knew it would come down to this game. Rockford will focus on limiting the Big Red run attack but Muskegon and QB Elan Banks have proven that throwing the ball isn’t a problem. The key will be if Rockford can control the clock, behind a mammoth offensive line, and keep that explosive Muskegon offense off the field.
NGS PICK- Muskegon 34-28