Flat Rock/Riverview: The Rams have beaten the Pirates two games in a row after losing 23 straight dating back to 1984. Both teams are entering this game with disappointing 0-3 records. This game comes at a good time for both teams and is a game that either team could win.
Flat Rock has had major problems scoring this year. Teams have been focusing on RB Joe Conner and the other backs haven't stepped up yet. The Rams were blown out at home by SMCC. It was the defense that let the Rams down again but you can't win if you can't score. Look for the Rams to throw it a bit more than usual with Riverview stacking the line of scrimmage to stop the run. Defensively the Rams will have to prepare for a diverse offense that is comfortable running or throwing.
Riverview has to feel kind of snake bit in rout to their 0-3 start. They had Crestwood beat, lost a close game to perennial power SMCC, then lost at home to a retooled rival in Grosse Ile. Riverview has a pretty good defense and the offense is capable with players like Jason Kubica and Michael Kowalski.
With both teams being winless this could potentially be anyone's football game. Riverview will stop the run and Flat Rock will have to throw the ball. With Flat Rock winning the last two games against "The View" the Rams may have some confidence while traveling on the road. Riverview has competed a bit better this year so I will give the nod to the Bucs 21-20.
Milan/Grosse Ile: A year ago this pick would have been a no brainer. Milan whooped the Red Devils 48-8. In fact the last time GI beat Milan was during their magical 2004 season. Things have changed in a year and this should be an interesting game.
Milan looked impressive in week 1 destroying Ypsi High. The Big Reds were able to hold off pesky Flat Rock in week 2. In week 3 Milan was dominated by a very good Airport Jet team. What we know now, is that Ypsi has possibly their worst team in 25 years and that Flat Rock will have a hard time winning a game this year. Milan has to be able to pass the ball effectively this week or GI will just stack the line of scrimmage to stop the run.
Grosse Ile is in a position their not accustomed to in football. They are 2-1 and could possibly be 3-0. Their defense has improved and the offense is diverse. The Red Devils are speedy and have a handful of different weapons on offense. GI will gear to stop Milan's running game as much as possible.
This is a very tough pick this year because Grosse Ile has been impressive at times and Milan has been unimpressive at times. Conventional wisdom would say take the traditional upper echelon team and go with Milan. My gut tells me something special is brewing over on the island. If I look at this from a football perspective, I don't think this is a good matchup for GI. Milan has great speed and should lock down on WR Jim Cameron and should be able to put pressure on QB Robbie White . Their defensive line is tough and should make running room scarce for RB Dex Teen on the inside and Milan's speed should contain him on the outside. This game will probably come down to turnovers and special teams. I think this game will be low scoring and I will go with Milan winning 14-10.