FNV Division 5-8: Final Four, Champion and Sleeper Picks

Here are the FNV Staff picks for the MHSAA Football playoffs for Divisions 5-8. Let us know what you think in the comments sections down below.

We posted this back before the playoffs. Let’s see how we are doing.

Division 8

Chris

  • Final Four :Everest Collegiate, Centreville, Unionville-Sebewaing, Beal City
  • Sleeper: Detroit Southeastern-the Jungaleers have an elite QB and a possible recipe capable of beating the elite teams in D8.
  • Champion: Beal City-the Aggies last won a state title in 2009 and have a good nucleaus returning from last year’s team which fell to Reading in the title game last season.

Gary

  • Final Four: Johannesburg-Lewiston, Ubly, Centreville, Everest Collegiate
  • Sleeper: Hudson-The Tigers play in a tough league with bigger schools.
  • Champion: Centreville-D8 has 5 teams, in my opinion, that all have an equal shot at winning it. Ask 5 different people and you might get 5 different answers. Only 2 of those will make it out of a Regional.

Frank

  • Final Four: Clarkston Everest, Addison, Iron Mountain, Flint Beecher
  • Sleeper: West Iron County- The Wykons went 6-0 without a lot of fanfare.
  • Champion: Clarkston Everest. The Mountaineers have shown that they are on another planet after throttling Riverview Gabriel Richard in the Catholic League Championship.

Division 7

Chris

  • Final Four: Schoolcraft, New Lothrop, Cass City, McBain
  • Sleeper: SMCC-tough to call the defending D6 champions a sleeper, but this year has been a total rebuild for the Falcons.
  • Champion: Schoolcraft-Elite QB separates the Eagles from a field of 10 or more capable of winning the title.

Gary

  • Final Four: Traverse City St. Francis, Pewamo-Westphalia, New Lothrop, Schoolcraft
  • Sleeper: Jackson Lumen Christi-Hard to believe the Titans would be a sleeper but at 2-4, they qualify.
  • Champion: Schoolcraft-I could have gone with a few teams here but the Eagles have it all and are extremely balanced. Will be on the road in the Regional.

Frank

  • Final Four: New Lothrop, Schoolcraft, Ithaca, Traverse City St. Francis
  • Sleeper: Riverview Gabriel Richard-The Pioneers have the talent, but can they get over getting thumped by Clarkston Everest in the Catholic League Championship?
  • Champion:  Ithaca. The Yellow Jackets are on a revenge tour after getting bounced in Round 1 last season.

Division 6

Chris

  • Final Four: Michigan Collegiate, Jonesville, Montague, Glen Lake
  • Sleeper: Sanford Meridian- it would most likely take a miracle for the Mustangs to emerge from the district, but if they do, watch out.
  • Champion: Montague-if the Wildcats can get out of a tough district, they should be the favorites in D6.

Gary

  • Final Four: Menominee, Montague, Constantine, Erie-Mason
  • Sleeper: Glen Lake- With the loss of Head Coach, still making waves. Will be a tough out.
  • Champion: Montague-True blue blood in Division 6. Battle-tested. Been my #1 all year long, not going to change now. Excluding the Finals, toughest games might be in round 2 or 3.

Frank

  • Final Four:  Maple City Glen Lake, Muskegon Catholic Central, Constantine, Blissfield
  • Sleeper: Jonesville-The Comets dethroned Reading in the Big 8, and their only loss was to Division 4 power Edwardsburg
  • Champion: Muskegon Catholic Central. Defense wins championships, and the Crusaders have only allowed a scant 18 points all season.

Division 5

Chris

  • Final Four: Kingsley, Grand Rapids Catholic Central, Lansing Catholic, Frankenmuth
  • Sleeper: Muskegon Oakridge-the Eagles have lost to Whitehall and Montague. Those teams could very well win State titles this year.
  • Champion: Grand Rapids Catholic Central-the Cougars are the favorites, but unlike last year, this is no cakewalk. In my opinion, 5 of the top 10 teams in D5 are in their district.

Gary

  • Final Four: Reed City, Grand Rapids Catholic Central, Lansing Catholic, Frankenmuth
  • Sleeper: Grosse Ile-The Red Devils can win their district. Things get tougher from there but strange things can happen.
  • Champion: Grand Rapids Catholic Central-Some consider the Cougars a top 10 team in the entire state. D5 should be no problem, right?

Frank

  • Final Four:  Grand Rapids Catholic Central, Lansing Catholic, Frankenmuth, Kingsley
  • Sleeper:  Kalamazoo Hackett-I’ve kind of been driving the Fighting Irish bus all season, as they have been in my top ten regularly
  • Champion: Grand Rapids Catholic Central. The Cougars return a boatload of talent from last year’s team that won it all in Division 4. Need I say more?

2 thoughts on “FNV Division 5-8: Final Four, Champion and Sleeper Picks”

    1. Ill be honest Don, it was basically a coin flip between Sand Creek, Centreville and Clarkston.

      I watched the entire game between SC and Centreville. What stood out to me most was how the undersized D-line
      of Centreville more than held their own. Great D8 game, single wing vs double wing veer action.

      SC had a fantastic year.

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