What was the most surprising week 1 playoff score/result?
Chris: I would say Riverview beating Carlson 22-8. Most people thought I was crazy going with the Pirates and quite frankly I wasn’t sure with my pick, but once I got to the game I felt pretty good. Riverview seemed bigger, stronger and while they don’t necessarily have more star power, I felt they put more talent on the field and were the more disciplined team.
Frank: Milan escaping Airport. Some might say it was field conditions after a day of rain. Others will say Airport was able to control the game by time of possession. Either way, the Big Reds were able to survive an upset bid by the Jets by stuffing a two-point conversion late to preserve a 14-13 win. Up next is a visit from Romulus Summit Academy.
Gary: I would say Riverview beating Carlson. Speaks volumes on how good the Huron League is this year.
Which team is trending up?
Chris: I would say SMCC is trending up and have the best shot at winning a state championship of the three FNV teams remaining. The Falcons have won 6 games in a row, they are healthy and I like their path to Ford Field
Frank: Of the three remaining teams on the blog that are still alive (which all three are from the Huron League), I have to pick Riverview. The Pirates have tightened the screws on defense, as they are allowing 14.8 points per game, and defense was a reason they defeated Carlson. Next up is a trip to Allen Park for a rematch of a first-round match last season. This one could be a low-scoring game, as the Jaguars are allowing 10.9 points per game.
Gary: Not sure I can pick a team that is trending up more than the others. All 3 are playing well and all 3 have a solid chance at winning a district. I’m looking forward to the weekend.
Which game is the best FNV match up of week 2 of the playoffs?
Chris: I’ll say Riverview at Allen Park. These two schools are identical to each other. Both have 8-2 records, they are both blue collar type hard working towns and teams with storied histories and programs. This is a pick’em game.
Frank: I’ll go with the game I’m covering on Friday; Summit Academy at Milan. I had a chance to see Summit in Week 1, and they are similar to Milan in terms of athleticism. The Dragons are having their best season in school history, and are coming off of their first ever playoff win after defeating Redford Union 18-12 last week. Expect a good one in Milan on Friday night.
Gary: WMC @ SMCC. Two great programs. Both think they can win a state title. Speed vs Power. Clash of styles. The folks that brave the cold and head out to Navarre field on Friday, will be treated to a great football game.
BONUS: Which out-of-area matchup in Playoff Week 2 is most intriguing?
Chris: I will go with a Division 1 battle of undefeated teams, as 10-0 Belleville travels to 10-0 Woodhaven. These are the top 2 playoff point teams in the state that are left in the playoffs. This will be a battle of a super talented Belleville team loaded with future college players against a system team (Woodhaven) that is slowly, but steadily building a powerful football program that represents one of the better public school athletic programs in southeast Michigan.
Frank: Plenty of matchups to choose from, but if I have to pick one, I’ll go with Cassopolis at Reading. Reading is the defending champion in Division 8, while Cassopolis was a semi-finalist in Division 7 last year. And did I mention that both schools are nicknamed the Rangers?
Gary: I’ll go with D6, Ravenna @ Montague. It’s a rematch, in which Ravenna won 17-7. The winner of this game has a great shot at Ford Field.