Riverview finished tied for 2nd in the Huron League after winning the title in 2017 while advancing to the Division 3 Semi-Finals. The Pirates rolled Redford Union in week 9 by a score of 47-7. Allen Park finished the regular season with a 7-2 mark while finishing 3rd in the Downriver League. The Jaguars have qualified for the playoffs 26 times in school history and have long been the “gold standard” in the Downriver area for high school football.

Allen Park: 7-2 (7-2 Downriver League)

Record vs. Playoff Teams: 2-2

Allen Park’s starting QB is junior Mateo
Balderas.  He is 31/56 passing on the year for 750 yards and 9
touchdowns with only 2 interceptions. The Jaguars leading receiver is senior
Jakob Marsee, who has 19 receptions for 566 yards and 7 TDs on the
season. Marsee is also a major ballcarrier for the Jaguars with 56
carries for 391 yards and 8 TDs.  Junior Nico Tiberia has carried the
ball 86 times for 531 yards and 11 TDs. Key players on the offensive include Kyle Compean, Zach Nicoletti, and Lance Mitchell. Junior Blake Gilliam leads the
Jaguars’ defense in total tackles with 44, including 2.5 sacks and numerous QB
hits and hurries from his defensive line position.  He is closely followed
by previously mentioned Marsee (39) and Tiberia (38) in tackles on the season. The stout Jaguar defense is led by a strong defensive line that includes Cameron Monticello, Max Alvarez.

Riverview: 7-2 ( 5-2, Huron League)

Record vs. Playoff Teams: 1-2

Riverview is led on offense by signal caller Dominic Wood. The senior has led the Pirates to 18 wins over the last 2 seasons. Riverview has a stable of backs who carry the ball led by; Kyle Naif (675 yards), Steven Rice (630 yards), Joe Johnson (452 yards) and Ethan Lockhart (398 yards). On defense, the Bucs are only giving up 16 ppg are led by Naif in tackles along with Jimari Moultrie, Lockhart and Mark Walker. 

This should be an excellent match up between the Riverview running game and the Allen Park run  defense. This is a game that could go either way and could come down to who protects the ball best.

Chris’s Pick: Allen Park 24 Riverview 22
Gary’s Pick: Allen Park 27 Riverview 20
Frank’s Pick: Riverview 24 Allen Park 21

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