River Rouge (7-1) is coming off of a forfeit win over Detroit Edison while Riverview (6-2) beat arch-rival Grosse Ile 21-20. Only about 8 miles as the crow flies separate these two schools, yet they have never met in football.
River Rouge has become a solid program and made a small run last season in Division 5. The Panthers really don't have a quality win this season, but their only loss is to 7-1 Notre Dame Prep. Senior RB Lenell Martin Jr. is a small yet elusive runner while WR Aaron Vinson is an explosive player. The Panthers boast an extremely big offensive line.
Riverview is led by arguably the best two way player in the Huron League in senior FB/LB Tyler Chase. The bulk of the offense will still go through senior RB Eric Gant. The Pirate defense is extremely physical, but may have a hard time keeping up with the Panther spread offense.
This is a great week 9 match up which should prepare both teams for the playoffs. Give me the running game and defense of the Pirates. Pick: Riverview 21 River Rouge 19