Which GR Team Has The Best Chance To Survive High School Football Playoffs?
The state high school football playoffs resume this weekend, with six area schools still alive.
The Regional Finals Are Tonight And Tomorrow At Are Venues
Six teams are still standing from the Grand Rapids Metro as we enter the regional finals. Some had set goals to get this far, some may be surprised that they're still alive, and all of them have a pretty good chance at advancing.
Here's this weekend's schedule and some prognostications on what may happen.
Grand Ledge vs. Caledonia at East Kentwood, Saturday 1:00pm
The Caledonia Fighting Scots upset highly favored Rockford, 14-13, in last week's District title tilt, so why not add a Regional trophy? Grand Ledge, from the Lansing area, also brings a high powered running game to East Kentwood, so it will be a matter of who brings the defense.
Caledonia 20, Grand Ledge 16
East Lansing at Forest Hills Central, Friday 7:00pm
The Rangers have come too far to stop now. They are undefeated and averaging close to 35 points per game, abut most importantly they finally shook the Mona Shores playoff monkey off their back last week. Look for the Rangers should roll over East Lansing.
FHC 32, East Lansing 14
Zeeland West at Muskegon, Saturday 1:00pm
The Dux have the toughest road to hoe here, facing off against perennial power Muskegon on the road at Hackley Stadium. The Big Reds are still smarting from the Dux two point win over them back in September. This game may be the best of all the games scheduled this weekend, and it will be an old fashioned, wild west Michigan shoot out.
Muskegon 43, Zeeland West 39
Whitehall vs. South Christian at East Kentwood, Friday 7:00pm
These two powers both roll in undefeated, and both love to put up points. My gut feeling is that South Christian has played the tougher schedule, but can the Sailors check a Whitehall offense that has put up close to 50 points per game? This may be the opposite of the game above, with defense rising up.
South Christian 20, Whitehall 18
Portland at Catholic Central, Friday 7:00pm
Yet another showdown between Lansing area and GR area powers, with Catholic Central having shown some signs of not being as dominant as they have been in past seasons. That being said, the CC Cougars are playoff experienced and seeking their fourth straight state title, and most importantly they are home in the friendly confines of the CAT. That may be the difference against the Raiders.
Catholic 45, Portland 23
Lansing Catholic at West Catholic, Friday 7:00pm
Don't let Lansing's 6-5 record fool you, the Cougars play in the tough Capital Area Conference against much bigger schools. But the Falcons are hungry after not having a long playoff run since 2017. This will be another dog fight, but the Falcons defense will claw their way back to the semi-finals.
West Catholic 24, Lansing Catholic 13
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