Howell (5-3) v Novi (4-4)

Howell is looking to make the playoffs for the first time since 2012 while Novi is hoping that a victory will be enough to land them in the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Howell started the season strong at 4-0 before going 1-3 in their last 4 games. Novi started the season slow losing their first 3 before picking up some key wins include a 26-20 victory over South Lyon on a last second play. Look for Howell to go back to the playoffs this year. Howell by 3

Hartland (5-3) v Salem (3-5)

Hartland is another of the local teams that has a win and in situation this week and they are paired against 3-5 Salem. Two of Salem's 3 wins have come at the expense of South Lyon and South Lyon East and the win against the Lions was the first week after a coaching change. Look for a the Eagles to join the Highlanders in the playoffs with a win this week and potentially be matched up in the first round. Hartland by 14

Brighton(7-1) @ South Lyon (4-4)

Brighton looks to have their starting QB back this week at least for some of the game and while South Lyon has picked up wins in their last two games, neither opponent has been the caliber of the Bulldogs. I expect Brighton to get a lead early in the first half and then work on things for their opening round playoff game next week. Brighton by 13

South Lyon East (1-7) v Pinckney (3-5)

Pinckney is rolling defensively having only given up 24 points in their last 3 games. The Pirates only managed 6 points against Kettering last week but should manage more than that against SL East who has averaged 35 points allowed this year. Look for Pinckney to continue their late season surge and move to 4-5 for the year. Pinckney by 21

Fowlerville (4-4) @ Waverly (2-6) 

This is the game that scares me. On paper, Fowlerville should win easily but they have that loss to Ionia sandwiched between two strong wins against Lakewood and Williamston. Add to that the outside possibility of a playoff spot on the line and I really start to doubt myself on this one. Still, there is a strong uptake in the program and Waverly is a team that the Glads should beat. In a high scoring contest look for the Glads to pull this one out and then sit and watch on Sunday night to see if they are in the playoffs. Fowlerville by 2

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