Hometown Life’s Michigan high school football picks: Round 4

The Division 2 semifinals are here, and it’s time for Hometown Life sports reporter Brandon Folsom to predict some winners.

Only two local teams play in round 4.

Here’s who he likes to win:

South Lyon (12-0) vs. Traverse City Central (11-1), 1 p.m. Saturday in Greenville

The Trojans played a poor schedule to get here. Your wins against Bay City Western and Brother Rice were impressive, but blowout wins against opponents from the Big North Conference and an Upper Peninsula school won’t get you into playoffs Big Boy Football.

On their only opportunity to impress, they laid an egg against DeWitt at the Big House season opener.

South Lyons Tommy Donovan shakes off Motts Eric Davis during a Lakes Valley Conference soccer game on Friday, October 15, 2021.

South Lyon is more than a mediocre program from northern Michigan. The Lions, while playing with a backup quarterback, have won convincingly against everyone they have faced this year. And they have faced some tough teams. From Lakeland to Milford and Walled Lake Western. From East Lansing to Portage Central in the playoffs.

The only thing that could hold the Lions back is the fact that this is their first time traveling this season and their trip to Greenville will not be an easy one. It is well over 2 hours by bus. If they can get off the charter and get Quinn Fracassi and Tommy Donovan up and running quickly, fans should be safe to buy their tickets to the state finals by halftime.

Folsom’s choice: South Lyon 35, Traverse City Central 21.

Livonia Franklin (7-5) vs. Warren De La Salle (12-0), 1 p.m. Saturday in Hazel Park

The Patriots are more than a Cinderella story. They’re more like Cinderella, Mulan, Moana, Ariel, and Anna and Elsa rolled into one. Not only did they defy the chances of getting here. They made it look like a movie.

The problem with this David and Goliath story is that the pilots don’t have a single crack in their armor. You are battle tested.

Livonia Franklin's head coach Chris Kelbert approaches his team after they beat the Livonia Churchill Chargers 27:20.  They will continue in the playoffs and he told them:

Check out what De La Salle did to Roseville a week ago. It was a 45-14 pounding. And the panthers are good. They should have been unbeaten in last week’s regional finals, but they were caught early on during their Macomb Area Conference gold season playing against an ineligible player.

Even without that player, they’re still stacked. They have two of the state’s finest recruits in the state of Michigan, Tyrell Henry and Maryland to hire Malachi Clark. They also have Amare Snowdown, a three star company with multiple Division I offerings.

Folsom’s choice: De La Salle 49, Franklin 13.

Folsom went 1-3 in Round 3 and has played 28-15 picking games since joining Hometown Life this fall.

Brandon Folsom reports on high school sports in Metro Detroit for Hometown Life. Follow him on Twitter @folsombrandonj.

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