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

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

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

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

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

Pinckney (4-4) @ Waverly (2-6) 

Brighton 41 Walled Lake Northern 26

Walled Lake Western 28 Hartland 3

Pinckney 6 Waterford Kettering 2 (No, not a typo)

Waterford Mott 28 Howell 10

Fowlerville 24 Lakewood 21

At this point, Brighton is in the playoffs with 7 wins. Howell and Hartland could guarantee a playoff spot next week with wins. Fowlerville, with a win next week, would move to 5-4 and could sneak into the playoffs as well.

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

Brighton 16

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.

Howell 27

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.

Hartland 14

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.

Pinckney 34

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.

Fowlerville 23

Lakewood 30

 

Brighton 14

Howell 11

 

Pinckney 31

Milford 7

 

Fowlerville 20

Ionia 16

 

Hartland 30

Grand Blanc 27

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