Week 8 Ann Arbor-Area High School Football Picks
ANN ARBOR – As the regular season draws to a close, stakes for the Ann Arbor area high school soccer teams continue to rise.
MLive sports reporter Greg Wickliffe made his pick for week 8. Wickliffe correctly predicted that seven of the eight winners of last week’s promotion will try to continue his success, winning 46 out of 59 games this season.
Check out his soccer selection below.
FRIDAY, OCT. fifteen
Ann Arbor Huron (6-1) at Ypsilanti Lincoln (3-4)
Lincoln will give it all as his playoff hopes are still on the scales, but the River Rats have been solid all season and have too much talent to beat the Railsplitters.
Prediction: Huron 34, Lincoln 20
Ann Arbor Pioneer (1-6) in Monroe (3-4)
Pioneer’s head coach Jimmy Williams resigned Tuesday, adding to an already tough season for the Pioneers. Monroe have lost four games in a row but should get back on track against the struggling Pioneers.
Prediction: Monroe 32, Pioneer 12
Ann Arbor Skyline (0-7) at Temperance Bedford (5-2)
Skyline are in danger of being without a win for the first time since 2014 and Friday’s matchup against a good Bedford team will not help them avoid that fate.
Forecast: Bedford 37, Skyline 15
Dexter (5-2) at Saline (7-0)
This is the game that should be seen around the area this week. For the first time since 2014, two powerful attacks will compete against each other. The advantage has to go to Saline for his defense as I can’t see Dexter’s defense holding back the hornets.
Prediction: Saline 35, Dexter 21
Macomb Lutheran North (4-3) in Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard (2-5)
FGR have lost two in a row after returning to playoff competition with consecutive wins. It’s going to be tough for the Fighting Irish to stop their slide against a solid Northern Lutheran team, but with my back to the wall I think FGR will take a win at home.
Forecast: FGR 23, Lutheran North 16
Milan (5-2) at Carleton Airport (3-4)
This is an even matchup given their history. It seems like a game that mostly gets hooked and I don’t expect anything else. But I believe the Big Reds are back on track after two key defeats this season and will take a solid road win this week.
Forecast: Milan 27, Airport 20
St. Joseph (5-2) at Chelsea (7-0)
Both teams will be on unfamiliar territory as they have never played against each other. St. Joseph has suffered two losses to teams with winning records and that bodes well for Chelsea. The Bulldogs didn’t have a tough schedule, but should be able to hold their own against St. Joseph.
Prediction: Chelsea 35, St. Joseph 28
Whitmore Lake (5-2) with Marine City Cardinal Mooney (5-2)
Whitmore Lake’s two losses this season came when they had a double-digit lead. This will be a good test for WL and this matchup could go either way. In the end, Whitmore Lake finds a way to hold the lead and squeeze out the win.
Prediction: Whitmore Lake 21, Cardinal Mooney 20
Ypsilanti (0-7) at the Flint New Standard Academy (0-6)
This is Ypsilanti’s best chance of taking a win this season, and the Grizzlies have a good chance of being on the winning side against a New Standard squad that scored 277-44 points this year.
Prediction: Ypsilanti 38, New Standard 14
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