FLINT – District championships can be on the road when 10 Flint-area groups take the sector Friday within the third spherical of the Michigan highschool soccer playoffs.
The winners will advance to the regional championship spherical subsequent weekend.
Final week was one other good one on your peerless prognosticator however there’s one query we had to determine: Since we picked Davison and Beecher to win and each received due to COVID forfeits, can we get credit score for the victories or do they get thrown out?
Let’s throw them out. We don’t want any extra assist given the season file.
Final week: 11-3 (.786)
Season: 83-16 (.838)
And now, the picks:
Grand Blanc (7-1) at Davison (8-0)
Few groups are driving larger as of late than Grand Blanc, which has recorded three big victories within the final three weeks. The Bobcats beat beforehand unbeaten Saline within the regular-season finale, knocked off Lake Orion within the playoff opener after which upset perennial Division 1 energy Clarkston per week in the past.
The offense was excellent vs. Clarkston as quarterback Ty Brotebeck threw for 397 yards and 5 touchdowns whereas Elijah Jackson-Anderson caught three TD passes.
However two questions stay: Can the Bobcats shut down Davison’s high-powered offense and take care of its equally robust protection? Davison has but to attain fewer than 37 factors in a sport and no workforce scored extra in opposition to the Cardinals than Grand Blanc did in a 46-21 loss throughout Week 2.
This sport can be a lot nearer than the primary one however with Brendan Sullivan & Co. well-rested after getting a forfeit victory final week, Davison strikes on by way of its passing sport moderately than the speeding assault that racked up virtually 500 yards in Week 2.
Prediction: Davison 40, Grand Blanc 24
Kearsley (5-3) at Linden (5-2)
When these groups met in Week 4, Linden despatched a message that it was for actual by posting a 43-22 victory over a workforce that had Metro League championship aspirations. However that was a very long time in the past.
Kearsley QB Braylon Silvas struggled within the first sport – at the very least by his requirements – passing for 101 yard and speeding for 100 and two touchdowns.
Quick ahead to the playoffs. Silvas has had a hand in 13 touchdowns whereas racking up 720 whole yards – 283 passing and 437 speeding.
Now, remember the fact that was in opposition to Clio and Bay Metropolis Western, two groups that aren’t as robust as Linden. However one thing tells me Silvas has one other huge week.
Prediction: Kearsley 33, Linden 30
Ortonville Brandon (7-1) at North Department (8-0)
If it wasn’t for Davison-Grand Blanc, this is able to be the Sport of the Week within the Flint space. These are two bodily groups which have overpowered opponents on each side of the ball.
North Department, led by sophomore quarterback Will Damaska, has outscored opponents 342-48 – that’s a mean of 42-6 – whereas the protection has pitched 5 shutouts. In two playoff video games, the Broncos have outscored opponents 100-0.
Brandon hasn’t been fairly as dominant however the Blackhawks beat a strong Goodrich workforce twice this season and are loaded with expertise as 18 starters returned from final 12 months’s 8-3 workforce.
However these 5 shutouts can’t be neglected. North Department’s protection is the distinction.
Prediction: North Department 28, Brandon 17
Corunna (5-3) at Frankenmuth (8-0)
Corunna has had a pleasant run after a 1-2 begin however the Cavaliers are taking a significant step up in competitors this week.
Frankenmuth, which completed the season No. 2 within the Affiliation Press rankings, hasn’t allowed greater than seven factors in a single sport this season.
The Eagles have solely overwhelmed two groups with profitable information this season however they handed each Freeland and Essexville Garber their solely losses. And each are nonetheless alive within the playoffs.
Corunna, then again, has but to beat a workforce with a profitable file. However any workforce with Jaden Herrick and Nick Steinacker has an opportunity.
Prediction: Frankenmuth 35, Corunna 14
Millington (7-1) at Montrose (7-1)
The groups have one frequent opponent. Millington beat LakeVille 48-0 whereas Montrose beat the Falcons 56-0. So, what does that inform us? Nothing aside from Montrose scored eight extra factors in opposition to LakeVille!
Millington and Montrose have met within the playoffs in every of the final two years with Montrose profitable 22-0 final 12 months and 29-6 in 2018. Bobby Skinner was the Montrose quarterback in each of these seasons so he is aware of tips on how to beat the Cardinals. And he’s having one other huge 12 months for the Rams.
Millington was tied for ninth within the last AP rankings whereas Montrose obtained honorable point out.
Millington has solely allowed 92 factors in eight video games however the Cardinals have solely overwhelmed on workforce with a profitable file, unbeaten Hemlock. In fact, the identical will be mentioned about Montrose.
This one must be a dandy.
Prediction: Montrose 27, Millington 26
Bathtub (5-3) at New Lothrop (7-0)
Not a lot must be mentioned about this one.
New Lothrop quarterback Cam Orr and his offensive weapons that embrace Will Muron and Julius Garza have overwhelmed groups all season, outscoring opponents 50-7. Yowza.
Prediction: New Lothrop 48, Bathtub 6
Ubly (6-2) at Beecher (7-1)
It’s too dangerous Beecher didn’t get an opportunity to play final week in opposition to Harbor Seaside, which needed to forfeit due to COVID-19. That may have given us a greater thought of how these groups will match up since Ubly beat Harbor Seaside 16-14 within the season opener.
The groups have one frequent opponent – Beecher beat Hamady 27-21 in Week 2 and Ubly beat the Hawks 34-14 in Week 4.
One thing tells me that Jacoby Sanders goes to have an enormous sport for Beecher and that homefield benefit can be an enormous issue for the Bucs.
Prediction: Beecher 26, Ubly 21
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