Grosse Ile (7-2) is coming off of a 63-0 victory over Hazel Park while Chelsea beat Haslett 21-6. These two teams have never met in football. Both teams failed to qualify for the playoffs last season. That broke a streak of 15 straight trips for the Bulldogs.
Grosse Ile finished 3rd in the Huron League after finishing 5-4 last season. The Red Devils are led by Senior QB Andrew Mitroka. Sophomore Andrew Vollmerhausen is a rugged RB who gives GI a solid ground attack. Sophomore receiver Justin Moores gives Mitroka a big target on the outside. The offensive line is anchored by senior Max Gilliam.
On defense, senior LB Phil Camilleri is the leading tackler while DL Dominic Trombley is having a big sophomore year. Senior DB Derek Judd is avergaing 6 tackles per game to go along with 4 INT's on the season.
Chelsea is averaging 33 ppg against what is mostly a Class A schedule. Junior QB Justice Staton leads the offense. He has two reliable receivers in Juniors Noah Van Reemesma and Bailey Edwards. The Bulldogs also boast a solid RB in senior Ty Nelson.
Chelsea doesn't have a great defense , but they have been solid most of the season in the high scoring SEC. The Bulldogs give up 21 ppg. Senior LB Mason Bailey leads the Bulldog defense.
I'm not sure how this game will go. Grosse Ile is playing really well right now, but were handled by the two best teams on their schedule. Chelsea is used to playing big schools and playing in Division 4 may give them a huge advantage. The Red Devils have talent, but I'm going to go with the team with more depth and a tougher schedule. Prediction: Chelsea 34 Grosse Ile 20