Division 3: 7:30 Saturday
Colors: Cardinal and White
Nickname: Big Reds
How they got here: Beat Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern, 63-14; beat East Grand Rapids, 28-10; beat Byron Center, 62-7; beat Edwardsburg, 19-8.
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Key players: QB Kalil Pimpleton (Virginia Tech), QB La’darius Jefferson (MAC offers), LB/RB Andrew Ward (9 DI offers), OL Devin Sanders, WR/DB Jacorey Sullivan and RB/LB Anthony Melton, Jr.
Coach Shane Fairfield: “These guys just love playing football together. They hold each other accountable. They are unselfish, they love to spread the ball around, and spread the success. There is no “I” in this team. They have done everything right up to this point and we hope everything continues.”
Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (9-4)
Colors: Red and White
How they got here: Beat Bay City Glenn, 49-14; beat Linden, 49-14; beat DeWitt, 35-28; beat Dearborn Divine Child, 49-7.
Key players: LB/RB Josh Ross (Michigan), DT Ralph Holley (Western Mich.), LB Dwayne Chapman (Western Mich.) and junior RB RaShawn Allen.
Coach George Porritt: “I think we’ve been running the ball very well. We struggled with the run game a couple times during the season, but we’re doing that well, and we’ve limited penalties and turnovers and I think that’s what you need to do to win in the playoffs.”
Division 4: 7:30 Friday
Grand Rapids Catholic Central (12-1)
Colors: Royal Blue and White
How they got here: Beat Wyoming Godwin Heights, 43-0; beat Allendale, 38-7; beat Escanaba, 34-0; beat Hudsonville Unity Christian, 31-3.
Key players: SS/WR Mike Brown, junior OT/DE Jalen Mayfield, WR/DB Antonio Strong, LB Derek Saukas, LB Max Vicari and DB Anthony Shukis.
Coach Todd Kolster: “We’ve really come together as a team, with a lot of belief in one another and trust that we’re all going to play as hard as we can for each other. Defensively we have been very good all year long. We have a relatively young offense with a lot of juniors and some sophomores, so the defense has done a great job even when put in some tough situations, but it hasn’t fazed them and they have given us a chance to win every game.”
Birmingham Detroit Country Day (13-0)
Colors: Blue and Gold
How they got here: Beat Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook, 35-7; beat Marysville, 45-7; beat Corunna, 28-13; beat River Rouge, 20-14.
Key players: QB/WR/DB Steve Mann, RB/DB Chris Bergin, LB/OT Adam Fakih, DE Cole Bearden, OT/DE Tim Jackson, junior NT/OG Christian Love and RB/DB Nick Neibauer.
Coach Dan MacLean: “We’ve been good on offense but our defense has been really stout, players 1-through-11. Keys have been the development of our team defense, and we’re running the ball better this year, much in part to the offensive line. It’s an exciting time of year, and each week you keep going you get more time with these great kids.”
Other games: Friday
Div. 8: Muskegon Catholic Central (13-0) vs. Ottawa Lake Whiteford (13-0), 10 a.m.
Div. 2: Walled Lake Western (12-1) vs. Detroit King (11-2), 1
Div. 6: Maple City Glen Lake (11-2) vs. Jackson Lumen Christi (11-2), 4:30
Div. 7: Pewamo-Westphalia (13-0) vs. Detroit Loyola (11-2), 10 a.m.
Div. 1: Novi Detroit Catholic Central (13-0) vs. Detroit Cass Tech (13-0), 1
Div. 5: Menominee (12-1) vs. Grand Rapids West Catholic (11-2), 4:30