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The MHSAA Playoffs are winding down as just sixteen teams remain. This weekend on Friday and Saturday, eight champions will be crowned.
Grand Rapids Catholic Central, returning to Ford Field for the first time since 2010, will look to lock down a state championship as they take on Detroit Country Day (Friday 7:30 PM). The Cougars have been relatively untested this postseason, winning their games by an average of 34 points. The undefeated Yellowjackets are coming off of a huge win over River Rouge, the statewide favorite in Division 4. Country Day looks to snap their 17 year title drought, and finish their first ever perfect season.
West Catholic, the three-time defending Division 5 state champions, continue their quest for a 4-peat this weekend when they take on the Menominee Maroons. Last week, West Catholic shutout Algonac 17-0, lowering their points allowed per game average to 5.0 in the postseason. The Maroons reach Ford Field as they have scored 41.3 points per game throughout the course of the postseason. Over the last six seasons, Menominee has had their season ended each time by West Catholic and they will try to snap the streak Saturday (4:30 PM) and earn their fourth State Championship ever, their first since 2007.
Muskegon Catholic Central, the three-time defending Division 8 state champions, are just one win away from a 4-peat as they take on the Ottawa Lake Whiteford Bobcats. Throughout the entire season, the Crusader defense has been stout, allowing 71 points in thirteen games (5.46 PAPG). The explosive Ottawa Lake Whiteford offense has averaged 45 points a game, so it is truly a battle of extremes on opposite sides of the ball. Something will have to give Friday (10:00 AM) with the Division 8 title going to the winner.