By: Butch Harmon
football Playoff preview SOUTH
The Bulldogs suffered just one loss during the regular season, a 14-7 loss to Hartland, and get the chance to avenge that loss in the first round.
Detroit Catholic Central (7-2)
The Shamrocks are back in the playoffs after missing out last season for the first time since 2006.
Grand Ledge (9-0)
The Comets turned in their first unbeaten regular season since 2010 and is poised for a deep playoff run.
The Highlanders qualified for the playoffs despite dropping four of their final five games to end the season.
Hartland has won five of its last six games and opens the playoffs at Brighton, a team it beat 14-7 in week six.
The Wildcats are in the playoffs for the first time since 2008 and finished the regular season with five wins in their last six games.
HSSS Regional picks. R1)Grand Ledge, R2)West Bloomfield, R3)Saline, R4)Detroit Cass Tech
HSSS Finals pick: Saline over West Bloomfield
The Bronchos are in the playoffs for the first time since 2011 and opens at Fenton who the Bronchos dropped a 35-19 decision to in week seven.
Walled Lake Northern (6-3)
The Knights open at Walled Lake Western, a team it dropped a 34-31 thriller to in week six.
Walled Lake Western (9-0)
The Warriors have one of the most prolific offenses in the state as they are averaging 42.9 ppg. Western opened the season with a 42-40 win at Lowell.
HSSS Regional picks. R1)Muskegon Mona Shores, R2) Walled Lake Western, R3) Jackson, R4)Detroit King
HSSS Finals pick: Detroit King over Mona Shores
The Panthers have a high-powered offense that is putting up 38 points per game. DeWitt’s lone loss came by five against undefeated Menominee.
The Vikings secured a playoff spot by winning their final three games. Haslett’s last loss came against DeWitt in week six, who it faces in the first round.
Mason enters the playoffs on a roll with five straight wins since back-to-back losses to St. Johns and DeWitt.
St. Johns (6-3)
The Redwings open the playoffs against a familiar foe in Mason. St. Johns has won the two previous meetings against Mason including a 49-28 win in week three.
HSSS Regional picks. R1)East Grand Rapids, R2)Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, R3)Edwardsburg, R4)Allen Park
HSSS Finals pick: Orchard Lake St. Mary’s over Edwardsburg
The Cavaliers earned a share of the GAC-Red title and are in the playoffs for the second time in three years.
Lakewood-Lake Odessa (7-2)
It’s been a huge season for the Vikings who are in the playoffs for the first time since 2002. The seven wins are also the most in a season since 1992.
HSSS Regional picks. R1)Comstock Park, R2)Zeeland West, R3)Flint Powers, R4)Detroit Country Day
HSSS Finals pick: Zeeland West over Detroit Country Day
Lansing Catholic Central (8-1)
Looking for payback against Portland in the district final.
Marauders are back in the playoffs for a third straight year.
Raiders ran the table in the regular season and have a rematch looming with Lansing Catholic.
HSSS Regional picks. R1)Menominee, R2)Lansing Catholic, R3)Ida, R4)Algonac
HSSS Finals pick: Mmenominee over Ida
Wolfpack are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2010.
HSSS Regional picks. R1) Traverse City St. Francis, R2)Ithaca, R3)G.R. NorthPointe Christian, R4)Monroe St. Mary Catholic
HSSS Finals pick: Ithaca over Monroe St. Mary Catholic
New Lothrop (9-0)
Hornets are putting up 46.6 points per game while the defense has five shutouts and is allowing 5.4 points per game.
Averaging an incredible 49.6 points per game while giving up just 7.3 ppg.
HSSS Regional picks. R1)Ishpeming, R2)New Lothrop, R3)Pewamo-Westphalia, R4)Detroit Loyola
HSSS Finals pick: New Lothrop over Pewamo-Westphalia
Eagles are back in the playoffs for a seventh straight season and face Merrill in what should be an interesting first-round matchup.
HSSS Regional picks. R1) St. Ignace, R2)Muskegon Catholic Central, R3) Michigan Lutheran Seminary, R4)Climax-Scotts
HSSS Finals pick: Muskegon Catholic over Climax-Scotts
Portland St. Patrick (6-3)
Faces a rough challenge in opener at Battle Creek St. Phil.
High-powered Orioles capable of deep playoff run.
HSSS Regional picks. R1)Powers North Central, R2)Owendale-Gagetown, R3)Battle Creek St. Phillip, R4) Morrice.
HSSS Finals pick: Powers North Central over Battle Creek St. Phillip