Last week was my first week actually picking games and I was a very mediocre 2-2 on the week missing on the Hartland win over Brighton and the Pinckney win over Grand Blanc. Hopefully we will fare a bit better this week although with injuries, there are a couple of games that could be toss-ups.
Getting things started!
Brighton (5-1) v Howell (5-1)
Homecoming in Brighton might not be the boost that you would expect for the Bulldogs coming on the heels of their 14-7 loss last week to Hartland. A game in which they lost their starting quarterback due to an ankle injury. Howell on the other hand is coming off of a victory against Milford (0-6) and is looking to clinch a playoff berth as well. Look for Brighton to come back with a new offensive plan to adapt to the QB change and to take home the Little Brown Jug in a tight contest.
Pinckney (1-5) @ Milford (0-6)
Pinckney swung into the win column last week in surprising fashion taking it to Grand Blanc 38-15 while the Mustangs of Milford played Howell strong in the first half before letting things get away from them in the second and losing 31-14. With only pride to play for at this point for both squads, I don’t see home field advantage helping the Mustangs much. Look for the Pirates to stretch it to 2 wins.
Hartland (4-2) @ Grand Blanc (4-2)
I have never decided if the up/down theory applies to high school football but if it does, this would be a classic example. Hartland is coming off of a HUGE 14-7 homecoming victory over Brighton while Grand Blanc is coming off of an equally huge loss to previously winless Pinckney. Hartland is 3-0 on the road while Grand Blanc is 3-0 at home so something has to give this week. I am throwing the up/down theory out the window as Hartland continues with the momentum from last and wins this one.
Grand Blanc 22
Fowlerville (3-3) @ Ionia (1-5)
The Glads went into Williamston and pulled off the upset last Friday night on a last second field goal and are riding high with a chance to the playoffs if they win out. Ionia on the other hand is working on building towards next season. Fowlerville wins this one setting up next week’s crucial game against Lakewood.