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FEARLESS FORECAST: Our STATE CHAMPS! Network staff predicts the football finals

By: MATTHEW B. MOWERY, November 26, 2019, 4:35 pm

It’s one of the last things to tick off the annual list, before the Thanksgiving break: Making the picks and prognostications for the upcoming MHSAA football finals. We made our picks in the preseason, and now we’ll pick between the finalists.

Everyone here at STATE CHAMPS! Network — from our president, Lou Bitonti, to our Anvil Award ambassador, former Canton coach Tim Baechler, to our vice president of sales, John Watson, to our social media guru, David Bodine — jumped at the chance to predict the results of this weekend’s action at Ford Field. Tune in after the games on Friday for our special Finals Edition of Extra Point Live, from the press box at Ford Field, and then check out the highlights from all of the games, as we load them on to all our social media channels, and pack them into Sunday’s show on Fox Sports Detroit.

[For the Finals Primer, CLICK HERE.]

The games are listed in the order they’ll be played:

Friday, Nov. 29

DIVISION 8: Reading (12-1) vs. Beal City (12-1), 10 a.m.

Tim Baechler: Reading

Lou Bitonti: Beal City

David Bodine: Beal City

Scott M. Burnstein: Reading

Jon Kidd: Reading

Matthew B. Mowery: Reading

Chuck Pellerito: Beal City

Lorne Plant: Reading

Kevin Troczynski: Reading

John Watson: Reading

STAFF PROGNOSTICATION: Reading (70 percent)


DIVISION 2: Detroit King (11-2) vs. Muskegon Mona Shores (11-2), 1 p.m.

Tim Baechler: Muskegon Mona Shores

Lou Bitonti: Muskegon Mona Shores

David Bodine: Detroit King

Scott M. Burnstein: Detroit King

Jon Kidd: Detroit King

Matthew B. Mowery: Detroit King

Chuck Pellerito: Muskegon Mona Shores

Lorne Plant: Detroit King

Kevin Troczynski: Detroit King

John Watson: Detroit King

STAFF PROGNOSTICATION: Detroit King (70 percent)


DIVISION 6: Monroe St. Mary CC (11-1) vs. Maple City Glen Lake (12-1), 4:30 p.m.

Tim Baechler: Monroe St. Mary CC

Lou Bitonti: Monroe St. Mary CC

David Bodine: Maple City Glen Lake

Scott M. Burnstein: Maple City Glen Lake

Matthew B. Mowery: Maple City Glen Lake

Jon Kidd: Monroe St. Mary CC

Chuck Pellerito: Monroe St. Mary CC

Lorne Plant: Monroe St. Mary CC

Kevin Troczynski: Monroe St. Mary CC

John Watson: Maple City Glen Lake

STAFF PROGNOSTICATION: Monroe St. Mary CC (60 percent)


DIVISION 4: Detroit Country Day (12-0) vs. Grand Rapids Catholic Central (12-1), 7:30 p.m.

Tim Baechler: Grand Rapids Catholic Central

Lou Bitonti: Grand Rapids Catholic Central

David Bodine: Detroit Country Day

Scott M. Burnstein: Detroit Country Day

Jon Kidd: Grand Rapids Catholic Central

Matthew B. Mowery: Grand Rapids Catholic Central

Chuck Pellerito: Detroit Country Day

Lorne Plant: Grand Rapids Catholic Central

Kevin Troczynski: Grand Rapids Catholic Central

John Watson: Grand Rapids Catholic Central

STAFF PROGNOSTICATION: Grand Rapids Catholic Central (70 percent)


Saturday, Nov. 30

DIVISION 7: Jackson Lumen Christi (12-0) vs. Pewamo-Westphalia (13-0), 10 a.m.

Tim Baechler: Jackson Lumen Christi

Lou Bitonti: Jackson Lumen Christi

David Bodine: Jackson Lumen Christi

Scott M. Burnstein: Jackson Lumen Christi

Jon Kidd: Jackson Lumen Christi

Matthew B. Mowery: Pewamo-Westphalia

Chuck Pellerito: Jackson Lumen Christi

Lorne Plant: Jackson Lumen Christi

Kevin Troczynski: Jackson Lumen Christi

John Watson: Jackson Lumen Christi

STAFF PROGNOSTICATION: Jackson Lumen Christi (90 percent)


DIVISION 1: Davison (11-2) vs. Brighton (11-2), 1 p.m.

Tim Baechler: Davison

Lou Bitonti: Brighton

David Bodine: Brighton

Scott M. Burnstein: Davison

Jon Kidd: Brighton

Matthew B. Mowery: Brighton

Chuck Pellerito: Brighton

Lorne Plant: Brighton

Kevin Troczynski: Brighton

John Watson: Brighton

STAFF PROGNOSTICATION: Brighton (80 percent)


DIVISION 5: Almont (13-0) vs. Lansing Catholic (12-1), 4:30 p.m.

Tim Baechler: Lansing Catholic

Lou Bitonti: Almont

David Bodine: Lansing Catholic

Scott M. Burnstein: Almont

Jon Kidd: Lansing Catholic

Matthew B. Mowery: Almont

Chuck Pellerito: Almont

Lorne Plant: Lansing Catholic

Kevin Troczynski: Almont

John Watson: Lansing Catholic



DIVISION 3: River Rouge (12-1) vs. Muskegon (13-0), 7:30 p.m.

Tim Baechler: Muskegon

Lou Bitonti: Muskegon

David Bodine: Muskegon

Scott M. Burnstein: Muskegon

Jon Kidd: Muskegon

Matthew B. Mowery: Muskegon

Chuck Pellerito: Muskegon

Lorne Plant: Muskegon

Kevin Troczynski: River Rouge

John Watson: Muskegon

STAFF PROGNOSTICATION: Muskegon (90 percent)