We are now getting to the last three weeks of the high school football season and a lot is on the line for the majority of the teams, in the Metro Detroit area.
Big rivalries are on tap for Week 7, as many schools who down right hate each other will duke it out this week. There were two games though that many in this area are chomping at the bit to see.
Game one on my watch list is the battle for Livonia, as Livonia Churchill takes on Livonia Franklin.
Livonia Churchill comes into this game ranked number 6 in Division 1. The Chargers have been running through teams all season, outscoring their six opponents by a combined 117 points. Churchill was able to crush perennial power Westland John Glenn last week 35-7. After getting behind 7-0, the Chargers scored 35 unanswered points and ran away from John Glenn. Senior Romello Brown was the focus of the Churchill attack scoring three rushing touchdowns in the rout. The offense has been nearly unstoppable this season averaging a whopping 44 points per game. Coach John Filliatraut has this team playing at an extremely high level and seems to be a squad that could very well contend for the state championship.
Livonia Franklin is a team whose had a very up and down season. They come in to this one with a 2-4 record, but have played most of those games very close and could be very well 4-2. The Patriots come off a tough 35-34 loss to Canton last week. Franklin was denied by the Canton defense on a two point conversion that would have given the Patriots the much needed home win. Joe McRobb is the star of the show for the Patriots. He accounted for four touchdowns and 274 all-purpose yards in the loss. Coach Chris Kelbert's defense will need to play much better for the Patriots to have any shot at stopping the high scoring attack of Churchill. I just don't see that happening though, Churchill rolls in this one.
Lieutenant Dan's Prediction: Livonia Churchill 38, Livonia Franklin 14
The second game that I have my eyes on is just down the road from the Livonia schools, as Plymouth battles their hated rival, Canton.
Plymouth, winners of two straight games, will take a 5-1 record into this high anticipated matchup. The defense has been the story for the Wildcats, as they have only allowed 11.6 points per game. Plymouth shut out Wayne Memorial last week 48-0. The Wildcats didn't allow Memorial anything on the offensive side of the ball in the blowout. They were able to limit them to only 137 yards of total offense. The offense wasn't bad either, especially the rushing attack, accounting for 226 yards on the ground. The domination on both offense and defense will need to continue this week as the Wildcats will look to clinch a playoff berth.
A 4-2 Canton team comes into this one needing two wins in their last three games to qualify for the state playoffs. The always potent Chiefs will need to use their strong rushing attack to continue their winning ways. Canton's running game is led by Senior Kendall Scott who ran for 100 yards and three scores last week in the win over Franklin. Canton's defense will have to give a little better showing then they put on the field last week if they want to hang with Plymouth. I see this on being a close low scoring affair that either team could win.
Lieutenant Dan's Prediction: Plymouth 16, Canton 13
Other Games To Watch: Birmingham Seaholm @ Bloomfield Hills Lahser, Novi @ Northville, and Detroit MLK @ Detroit Denby.