Wow, we are into week 8 of the football season and the third week that I have tried to prove my ignorance by picking the High School football contests in Livingston County. I did improve a bit last week. After going 2-2 in my first week, I managed to scrape a 3-1 record last week missing only on the Fowlerville game. This will be a bit tougher week as there are a full five games on the slate as it is KLAA crossover week!
Brighton(6-1) @ Walled Lake Northern(5-2)
The first of our crossover games is Brighton traveling to WL Northern. Brighton's only loss of the season came to Hartland, a game that they lost their starting quarterback and he isn't expected back until the October 23 game against South Lyon. Northern has two losses on the season, one to Livonia Stevenson and the other to narrow loss to Walled Lake Western who is 7-0 on the year. Northern is averaging 34 points on the year while the Bulldogs are surviving on defense and only giving up 11 on average. Brighton still won't score a lot this week but their defense will be more than up to the challenge
Walled Lake Northern 13
Howell(5-2) at Waterford Mott(4-3)
Mott has losses to South Lyon, Walled Lake Western and Walled Lake Northern while Howell has dropped games to Grand Blanc and Brighton and winning this game puts them into the playoffs. Four of the five Highlander wins however have come against teams with losing records. Against teams with winning records, Howell is 1-2. Look for that trend to continue this week.
Waterford Mott 33
Hartland(5-2) @ Walled Lake Western(7-0)
Hartland has losses to Canton and Howell but they do have a marquee win against Brighton this season. Walled Lake Western has taken on all comers and for the most part, has won in convincing fashion. Week 1 against Lowell and two weeks ago against rival Walled Lake Northern were their two closest games. Hartland needs one more win to guarantee a playoff spot but don't look for the Eagles to get that win this week.
Walled Lake Western 42
Pinckney(2-5) @ Waterford Kettering(3-4)
Ok, now that I have the right match-up for this week we will see the Pirates try to take down the Captains in what would be an awesome literary contest! Pinckney is on a roll winning their last two games and Kettering has lost their last three. In high school, momentum and how the team feels about itself are important. Look for Pinckney to sink the Captains in what will be a close game.
Waterford Kettering 28
Fowlerville(3-4) v Lakewood(7-0)
Last week Fowlerville had a chance to take a major step to the playoffs with a victory over Ionia only to fall 20-16. Lakewood comes into this at 7-0 and rolling. I expect the Glads to keep this one close but ultimately fall to Lakewood.