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Region one and two district final football predictions

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Region One – District One

Traverse City Central Trojans (7-3) at Traverse City West Titans (9-1): Trojans 28-Titans 27

Yes, the Titans of TC West are 9-1 on the year. Yes, the Titans beat the Trojans 29-27 during the regular season. However, TC Central has won three out of the last four meeting between the schools and this is sure to be one of the toughest district finals in the state. These two teams are conference rivals and hold high firing offenses. I’m calling Traverse City Central avenges their loss earlier this season and gets the last laugh while moving on to the regional.

District Two

Muskegon Mona Shores Sailors (9-1) at Forest Hills Central Rangers (10-0): FHC 20-Sailors 14

The two most talked about teams on the west side of the state in division two finally meet in what I believe to be the biggest matchup of the season across the state of Michigan. Mona Shores has blown past everyone they’ve played, including a first-round playoff win against Portage Central, but hasn’t faced a defense like FHC’s. Facing the Rangers in their own building will be tough for the Sailors. I think FHC has a defensive touchdown Friday night and dominates the line of scrimmage, leading to a lack of scoring from the Sailor offense. Look for a small margined victory for FHC Friday night.

Region Two – District One

Flushing Raiders (8-2) at Fenton Tigers (9-1): Tigers 31-Raiders 17

Flushing did shut down the Lowell Red Arrows in the first round of the playoffs but has yet to play a true offense like Fenton this season. After throttling Flint Carman-Ainsworth last Friday, the Tigers have an incredible amount of momentum. The Tigers roll into the district as a perennial playoff team but have yet to prove they can make a deep run after earning their playoff spot with early exits the last eight years in a row. This year is a different year for Fenton and they will show that against Flushing this week.

District Two

Livonia Franklin Patriots (8-2) at Livonia Churchill Chargers (8-2): Chargers 28-Patriots 20

In the last 18 meetings over the last 17 years, Franklin is barely edging out their crosstown rivals at 10-8 in the series. This season, in particular, the chargers had the better end of the matchup, winning 24-10 week four of the regular season. Franklin has to go into Churchill’s stadium and try and top a Charger team with big momentum after knocking off Pinckney last week. This will be a close game, but Churchill will take down the KLAA-Gold conference rival Friday.

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