This is the first ever meeting between Bedford and Crestwood on the football field.  Bedford, coming off a 4-022 thumping of Coldwater, holds an overall playoff record of 7-8 and have made the playoffs 7 of the last 10 seasons.  Crestwood, fresh off a defeat by the Red Devils of GI, have made the playoffs for the 2nd time in 18 seasons and hold an overall playoff record of 0-3.

Temperance Bedford Kicking Mules(3-2 SEC RED, 5-4 overall)

Bedford, under the tutelage of Jeff Wood, have built an excellent program behind a strong running game. The Mules average 33.7 PPG, almost all on the ground.

Bedford on offense will rely on:
Junior RB, Christian Brown(5’10” 165) 1,272 yards on 179 carries 16 TD
Senior QB Austin Malabanan(5’10” 160 lbs) 771 yards on 108 carries 11TD
Senior RB Anthony Pasanti 453 yards on 63 carries 9 TD

Up front for the Mules:
Junior G Zachary Davis(6’0″ 240lbs)

Senior T Alex Salzmann 
Junior G
Jake Martin
(5’11” 240lbs)
Senior C
Cade Nelson
(6’1″ 225lbs)

Senior T Griffin Geiger

Defensively, giving up 26.7 PPG, leading the Mules are:
Senior LB Wade Johnson(5’11” 170lbs) 76 tackles
Senior Hayden Mangar 67 tackles
Sophomore Luke Carver(5’10” 160lbs) 23 tackles, 5 pass break ups

Bedford is 0-2 vs current playoff teams and is fronted by Head Coach Jeff Wood.

Dearborn Heights Crestwood Chargers(7-0 Western-Wayne, 8-1 overall)

Crestwood has made the playoffs for the first time in 13 seasons, primarily due to it’s stingy defense. Giving up only 13.8 PPG.

Offensivley the Chargers are led by:
Junior RB Adam Cassab(5’11” 200lbs) 1,050 yards 10 TD
Senior RB JaQuan Smith((5’6″ 165lbs) 560 yards 8 TD
Senior TE Ghassan Murray(6’1″ 205lbs) 5 TD

Up front for the Chargers:
Junior G Mohamad Houmani(5’10” 205lbs))
Senior G Hussein Fakih(5’11” 210lbs)
Senior T Nizar Hamade(6’0″ 220lbs)

Defensive standouts include:
Senior  LB Ghassan Murray(6’1″ 205lbs) 93 tackles
Junior DE Belal Baydoun(6’1″ 240lbs) 6 sacks
Senior DL Mohammad Hage

Crestwood is 3-1 vs current playoff teams and is fronted by Head Coach Mike Berry.

This has the makings of a very hard fought game between a 5-4 perennial playoff team, and an 8-1 squad, joining the playoff ranks for the first time in a while.  Another interesting first round match-up that could go either way.  Can Crestwood stop the run game of Bedford? I believe this will determine the winner.

Chris’ Pick: Bedford 30 Crestwood 28
Gary’s Pick” Bedford 27 Crestwood 24
Frank’s Pick: Bedford 27 Crestwood 25

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