Predictions for Week 8 of Muskegon-area high school football for the week 8 are based on the following:
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Its time for the final playoff push in MUSKEGON.
As conference championships are determined and postseason spots are up for grabs, the final two weeks of the high school football regular season should provide plenty of highlights for us.
12 Muskegon-area teams would make the field in their respective divisions if the regular season ended today, while only four teams might make it. After this weekends action on the gridiron, that may change, so let s look at who we expect to secure crucial wins this week and who may be on our way to a playoff exit.
Last weeks MLive Muskegon predictions went 13-1, so let's continue the momentum with another strong week of high school football predictions this weekend.
Lets get to the picks.
Last week: 13-1 (92.8 percent)
Season: (76,5 percent) 85-26
Best pick: Whitehall 48, Hart 6. The Vikings defeated the Pirates 46-6- in a game that was just two points off my prediction.
Worst pick: Mona Shores 34, Muskegon 24. The Big Reds proved everyone wrong this past week and made some big plays in the second half to pull away from the Sailors for a 49-28 victory on the road.
7 p.m. EST for Carson City-Crystal (6-1) vs. Muskegon Heights Academy (6-5).
The Tigers will travel to Carson City-Crystal on Friday in need of yet another win to secure their place in the Division 8 playoff race. Muskegon Heights has lost the last two games theyve competed in, and the Eagles have outscored their opponents 235-83 this season. Its a tough matchup for the Tigers and we give Carson-City Crystal at home.
PREDICTION Carson City-Crystal 38, Muskegon Heights 26
Muskegon Catholic Central (6-1) vs. Centreville (6-1), 7 p.m.
The Crusaders will travel nearly two hours south to take on Centreville this weekend in a non-conference clash between two defensive-minded schools. The Bulldogs have allowed their opponents an average of eight points per game, while MCC has allowed an unrestricted amount of 10 points each contest. Muskegon Catholic will need to put the playmakers on offense to score an impressive win in this one.
PREDICTION: Muskegon Catholic 22, Centreville 12
Grand Rapids West Catholic (6-1) vs. Spring Lake (6-1), 7 p.m.
The Lakers will travel to face the Falcons in a crucial OK Blue Conference game this weekend. Spring Lake lost to West Catholic last season (14-12) and has the experience playmakers to get revenge in a big way. We expect a great effort from the Lakers in arguably the most important game, but satiating West Catholic junior tailback Tim Kloska has been largely solitary this season, and he could come through late for the Falcons at home this Friday.
PREDICTION: Spring Lake 30 West Catholic 43, Spring lake 30
7 p.m., Muskegon Oakridge (6-1) vs. Ravenna (5-2).
The Eagles and Bulldogs will meet this weekend in a West Michigan Conference battle that could have major implications on the Division 5 and 7 playoff picture. Ravenna may be able to stay on the top of the pack and win road playoff games in the playoffs this season, while Oakridge might find themselves in a difficult position for division 5 seeding with october 9 game against Muskegon Catholic still on schedule. Oakridge hasn't lost to Ravenna since 2011, and we don''s not expecting that to change this season.
PREDICTION Oakridge 34, Ravenna 18, Oak Ridge 34.
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7 p.m. Whitehall (6-1) vs. Montague (6-1).
The Battle for the Bell returns this week, and it should be as exciting as ever when the Vikings and Wildcats take the field this weekend. Montague can win an outright share of the league championship with a road victory, while if they lose they would put them in rematch with Whitehall and Oakridge in the standings. We expect another tough battle between these two programs, with a few plays late in the game likely to determine the winner.
Whitehall has allowed six points in five weeks combined, and may be playing the better defense right now. In the West Michigan Conference, well have chaos.
PREDICTION: Whitehall 22, Montague 20
OTHER AREA GAMES ARE AVAILABLE IN THIS ROOM.
Mona Shores 55, Holland 26, Monash 55.
Muskegon 46, Reeths-Puffer 20
Grand Haven 35, East Kentwood 13, East Kendallwood 14, East Hampton 13, West Kentfield 13, Grand Harbor 35.
Hart 42, Shelby 6
North Muskegon 34, Mason County Central 12, Mason City Central 12.
Fruitport 36, Allendale 22 Fruit Port 36.
Central Montcalm 6 grant 21, Central Grant 21, MontCalm
Reed City 48, Fremont 12th Street, Reed County 48.
Newaygo 22, Chippewa Hills 7
Manistee 35, Hesperia 8, Hespera 8. Mamiee 34, Mamite 36, Hspera 8
Kent City 43, Hartford 6th Floor, Kent 4th Street, Connecticut
Morley Stanwood 30, Ludington 20 Morrow Stan Wood 30, Stanfield 30, Lundington 30 Morroy Stanford 30, Morsley Stanstead 30, Bedford 20 Ludinington
*Holton def. Wyoming Lee via forfeiture
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