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STATE CHAMPS! picks the winners for the MHSAA football finals

By: MATTHEW B. MOWERY, January 21, 2021, 10:49 am

After months of start-and-stop play, and on-again, off-again plans, we’re finally at the finals. Eight more games to determine the champions of the eight MHSAA 11-player football divisions, then we’re finally done with the fall season. We’ve been fairly accurate so far, ranging from 74 percent to 82 percent correct on our staff picks — made by host/co-producer Lorne Plant,  digital managing editor Matthew B. Mowery, multimedia producer Chuck Pellerito and social media manager David Bodine — but we’ve got one more round to go. You can see the current leaderboard for the pickers at the bottom of the file, as well as links to previous rounds.

Here are the finals picks:


(At Ford Field, Detroit)

Friday, Jan. 22

D8: Centreville (10-0) vs. Ubly (9-2), 10 a.m.





D2: Muskegon Mona Shores (11-0) vs. Warren De La Salle (7-4), 1 p.m.

BODINE: Muskegon Mona Shores

MOWERY: Muskegon Mona Shore

PELLERITO: Muskegon Mona Shores

PLANT: Warren De La Salle

D6: Montague (11-0) vs. Clinton (10-1), 4:30 p.m.

BODINE: Montague

MOWERY: Montague


PLANT: Clinton

D4: Cadillac (8-2) vs. Detroit Country Day (8-2), 7:30 p.m.

BODINE: Detroit Country Day

MOWERY: Detroit Country Day

PELLERITO: Detroit Country Day

PLANT: Cadillac


Saturday, Jan. 23

D7: New Lothrop (10-0) vs. Traverse City St. Francis (9-2), 10 a.m.

BODINE: New Lothrop

MOWERY: New Lothrop

PELLERITO: New Lothrop

PLANT: New Lothrop

D1: Davison (11-0) vs. West Bloomfield (10-1), 1 p.m.

BODINE: West Bloomfield

MOWERY: West Bloomfield

PELLERITO: West Bloomfield

PLANT: Davison 

D5: Grand Rapids Catholic Central (10-0) vs. Frankenmuth (11-0), 4:30 p.m.

BODINE: Grand Rapids Catholic Central

MOWERY: Grand Rapids Catholic Central

PELLERITO: Grand Rapids Catholic Central

PLANT: Frankenmuth

D3: DeWitt (11-0) vs. River Rouge (9-1), 7:30 p.m.

BODINE: River Rouge


PELLERITO: River Rouge

PLANT: River Rouge


How we’ve done so far:

Round 5 picks

Bodine: 12 of 17 (71 percent)

Mowery: 12 of 17 (71 percent)

Pellerito: 10 of 17 (59 percent)

Plant: 13 of 17 (76 percent)


Running score through 5 rounds:

Mowery: 424 of 515 (82.3 percent)

Plant: 419 of 515 (81.4 percent)

Bodine: 397 of 515 (77.1 percent)

Pellerito: 381 of 515 (74.0 percent)


For all of the Week 1 picks, CLICK HERE.

For all of the week 2 picks, CLICK HERE.

For all of the Week 3 picks, CLICK HERE.

For all of the Week 4 picks, CLICK HERE.

For all of the Week 5 picks, CLICK HERE.