Riverview (6-3) is coming off of a 40-34 OT loss to River Rouge while Allen Park (8-1) wrapped up a share of the Downriver League title with a 66-6 thrashing of Taylor Truman. The last time these two teams met was in the 2004 playoffs. Allen Park leads the all-time series 7-1.
Riverview is looking to bounce back after blowing a big lead last week. Junior QB Donnell Williams leads the offense. The Pirates will look to run the ball 90% of the time. Senior Tyler Chase is a bruising FB that should give the Jaguars fits. Riverview's defense has been solid all season, but may struggle to stop Allen Park's spread offense. Riverview players to watch are Evan Begeman, Wyatt Gardocki, Charles Chevillet, Dakota Martin, Shane Sparks and Brian Gubbini.
Allen Park is led by QB Antonio Mangiapane. The junior is a dual threat player with star qualities. He has a boatload of skill players that he will get the ball to, those include; Reid Paffhausen, Ryan Fish, Michael Bress and Nate Berrelez. The offensive and defensive lines are the strength of the Jaguars team this year and are led by Ryan Compean, Carlos Agen, and Owen Balestrieri.
This game could go either way. Both teams strengths are their defenses. If this were going to be a 3 yards and a cloud of dust, then I would take the Pirates. Allen Park's spread offense should give Riverview fits. This should be a low scoring, but I have a feeling some points might be put up. Pick: Allen Park 24 Riverview 21