Friday Blitz: Top teams clash in regional final round

By: Zachary Manning | Online Only | Published November 14, 2019

 West Bloomfield High's C.J. Harris tries to escape a tackle during a game earlier this year. The Lakers travel to Belleville on Saturday looking to avenge last season's loss.

West Bloomfield High's C.J. Harris tries to escape a tackle during a game earlier this year. The Lakers travel to Belleville on Saturday looking to avenge last season's loss.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

Now in the regional round, teams are just three wins away from claiming state titles in their respective divisions. 

Following are a few of the top games from the C & G Sports coverage area.

Regional Rematch

West Bloomfield High (10-1) vs. Belleville High (11-0) –– 1 p.m. Nov. 16

West Bloomfield and Belleville met in last year’s Division 1 regional final, with the Tigers claiming a 13-10 victory. This year, both teams enter as top teams in the state and have dominated their way to the regional round. The Lakers have outscored their two playoff opponents 84-14, while Belleville has downed its opponents by a combined 116-24. For coverage of the game, follow along on Twitter @CandGSports. 

Regional Redemption

Livonia Churchill (7-4) vs. Walled Lake Western (10-1) –– 7 p.m. Nov. 15

Walled Lake Western fell in the regional round last year but has given itself a chance to avenge that loss. Midland High downed the Warriors in 2018, and Livonia Churchill stands in the way this year. Both teams have been red hot over the last few weeks, as Western hasn’t lost since Week 4 and Churchill’s last loss came in Week 5. With a trip to a Division 2 semifinal on the line, exepct this one to come down to the wire. 

Regional Regulars

River Rouge (10-1) vs. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (10-1) –– 1 p.m. Nov. 16

Both programs have found great success in the state playoffs over the years. River Rouge has made 10 consecutive playoff appearances, while St. Mary’s is in for the first time since 2016. The last time St. Mary’s was in the playoffs, the Eaglets defeated Muskegon High to claim their third straight Division 3 state title. With both programs boasting a wealth of playoff experience, a trip to the state semifinals won’t be easy to come by.