Matchups for local teams in this weekend's prep football playoffs

Matchups for local teams in this weekend's prep football playoffs

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Matchups for local teams in this weekend's prep football playoffs

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Division 4 Pennfield (10-1) at GR South Christian (10-1), at Byron Center HS, 7 P.M.

Scouting report: Grand Rapids South Christian comes in as the defending state champs and the No. 1-ranked team in Division 5. The high-scoring Sailors have scored over 34 points in each of their last seven games, while Pennfield has won games with defense, giving up just over 10 points a game throughout the year. Both teams are led by standout quarterbacks. Pennfield, which usually stays on the ground in the wing-T, adds a 1,000-yard passer in Jake Grimes – who is also the emotional leader of the team. Grand Rapids South Christian is led by junior Jon Wassink, who is a Division 1 prospect, who ran for three touchdowns last week in the playoffs and passed for two more. Pennfield last played in the third round of the playoffs in 2011, but is very knowledgeable about the postseason as the Panthers are in the playoffs for the 15th straight season. GR South Christian lost three games in the regular season last year, but rolled into the state championship game and beat Detroit Country Day to win the Division 4 state title.

State semifinals opponent?: Winner of Cadillac (11-0) vs. Comstock Park (11-0)

SATURDAY’S GAMES

Division 5 Grand Rapids West Catholic (7-4) at Olivet (10-1), 1 P.M.

Scouting report: Olivet finished with a share of the Kalamazoo Valley Association crown, with the Eagles’ only loss coming in a tight 15-14 game to fellow playoff competitor Pennfield. Olivet has been able to put points on the board all season at over 30 a game and has held opponents to just over 10 a game on defense. GR West Catholic has been in playoff mode most of the season, having lost four of its first five games as part of a very challenging schedule. From there, West Catholic won its final four games and made it into the playoffs based on computer points at 5-4. West Catholic advanced to the state championship game last year and lost in the Division 5 state finals. The Falcons went to the state semifinals two years ago and went all the way to the Ford Field again in 2010, where it beat Olivet to win the Division 5 state championship. West Catholic features a quarterback who has thrown for over 2,000 yards this year in junior Travis Russell. Olivet quarterback Rob Funk can throw it and run with it, giving the Eagles a diverse offense with Shane Loney coming in as the leading rusher for Olivet at over 1,000 yards.

State semifinals opponent?: Winner of Monroe St. Mary Catholic (10-1) at Livonia Clarenceville (11-0)

Division 7 Decatur (8-3) at Homer (10-1), 1 P.M.

Scouting report: Homer has only advanced this far one other time in school history, losing to Sand Creek in the third round of the playoffs in 2005, which is also the last time the Trojans were in double digits in the win column. Decatur was in the regional finals last season, falling to Pewamo-Westphalia in the third round. The 10-1 Homer squad has put up a lot of points with a potent offense, scoring more than 40 points in nine games this season and averaging over 40 points per game overall behind quarterback Alex White, who threw for five touchdowns last week. Homer has shown it can score in bunches. In the playoff win last week, the Trojans and Lawton combined to score four touchdowns in the last two minutes of the first half. Decatur has won its games with defense, with five shutouts this season, including a 7-0 win last week against Cassopolis. In that game, Decatur only had 147 yards of offense.

State semifinals opponent?: Winner of Southfield Christian (10-1) at Detroit Loyola (11-0)

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