Division 7 and Division 8 playoff analysis, complete with district winners, semifinalists and winners
Here’s a glance at the Division 7 and Division 8 playoffs. In Division 7 we’ve had the Ishpeming-Detroit Loyola reruns the past three seasons. Never has the same teams met in the finals four consecutive seasons. In Division 8 we’ve seen Crystal Falls Forest Park make numerous appearances but in the last two seasons the dominant team has been Muskegon Catholic Central.
There are two strong teams in Region 1, Ishpeming and Saginaw Nouvel, each in separate districts. I like Nouvel to take that region.
In Region 2, again, there are two strong teams and both a 9-0. Sandusky will emerge from district 1 and New Lothrop will get through district. I like New Lothrop to get past Sandusky in to semifinals.
And I like Nouvel to defeat New Lothrop in one semifinal.
In Region 3 Pewamo-Westphalia, Cassopolis and Bridgman are the power teams. Bridgman should squeak past Cassopolis in a district final then lose to Pewamo-Westphalia in the region final.
In Region 4 let’s not waste time. Loyola will dominate. Loyola will face Pewamo-Westphalia in a semifinal and win by 12.
Loyola then defeats Nouvel for the title.
In Region 1 it’s a little confusing. My pick to escape this region and reach the semifinals is Forest Park, which is the No. 4 seed in district 1.
Told you it was a little crazy. Forest Park lost to Lake Linden Hubbell last week, 34-28, at Lake Linden. The teams play in the first round on Saturday at Lake Linden.
I have St. Ignace LaSalle winning district 2 but losing to Forest Park in the region final.
Muskegon C.C. should play Beal City in the Region 2 district 2 final and I like C.C. to advance to play Frankfort in the region final with C.C. winning.
In Region 3 Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary should get to the final where it will play, and lose to, Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes.
In Region 4 Pittsford will face Climax-Scotts (9-0) in the district 1 final and pull off the upset. Pittsford will then upset Morenci in the region final but then lose to Lakes in a semifinal.
Look for C.C. to win its third consecutive title getting past Lakes by a touchdown.