Herbert's Huddle: A closer look a local regional final matchups

By: Jacob Herbert | Online Only | Published November 14, 2019

 Utica Eisenhower's Mario Getaw gets the edge in a Division 1 district final game against Lake Orion High. The Eagles beat the Dragons 27-20.

Utica Eisenhower's Mario Getaw gets the edge in a Division 1 district final game against Lake Orion High. The Eagles beat the Dragons 27-20.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

 Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day's Kaelen Cooper carries the ball in a game earlier this season. The Yellowjackets have advanced to a Division 4 regional final for the first time since 2016.

Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day's Kaelen Cooper carries the ball in a game earlier this season. The Yellowjackets have advanced to a Division 4 regional final for the first time since 2016.

Photo by Donna Agusti

 Pontiac Notre Dame Prep quarterback Jacob Bendtsen tosses a pass in a D-4 district final game at home. Prep knocked off Ortonville Brandon 54-40 to advance to its first regional final since 2004.

Pontiac Notre Dame Prep quarterback Jacob Bendtsen tosses a pass in a D-4 district final game at home. Prep knocked off Ortonville Brandon 54-40 to advance to its first regional final since 2004.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

Just two weeks in and the state football playoffs have already produced some unforgettable moments with numerous upsets and last-minute wins. 

With another two weeks left until the state finals, this week’s edition of Herbert’s Huddle highlights matchups in the C & G Sports coverage area that could create more highlight-worthy moments.

Utica Eisenhower (9-2) at Davison High (9-2) — 7 p.m. Nov. 15

After not advancing past the first round in the playoffs last season, the Eagles find themselves back in a Division 1 regional final for the first time since 2017. The Eagles were eliminated in the regional final two years ago by West Bloomfield High, who went on the play for a state title that year.

Over the first two weeks of the postseason, Chris Smith’s team has had wins over two Oakland Activities Association Red Division teams in Rochester Adams (24-0) and Lake Orion High (27-20). 

This week, the Eagles perhaps get their toughest challenge yet in a Cardinals team who are back in the regional final for the first time since 2008. This matchup promises to be a battle of strengths as the Davison offense has scored 44 points per game this season while the Ike defense surrenders 13.4 points per game.

Milan High (11-0) at Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day (11-0) — 1 p.m. Nov. 16

Both the Yellowjackets and Big Reds enter this matchup with perfect records. 

Country Day is currently in the midst of its best offensive season since 2016 where it advanced to the state final. Coach Dan MacLean’s team is averaging 37 points per game. At this point in the 2016 season, they were averaging 41 points per game. 

What’s even more impressive about the Yellowjackets season is their defensive production, allowing just 61 total points through 11 games.

The Big Reds and Yellowjackets have met four times prior to this Division 4 regional final and Country Day has won three of them. The last time these teams met was in the regional final in 2015 where Country Day won 20-13.

Flint Powers Catholic (9-2) at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep (10-1) — 7 p.m. Nov. 15

The Fighting Irish are currently experiencing their best season since 2011 both record-wise and a points production standpoint. During that 2011 season, Prep scored 405 total points in 11 games played. This season, the offense has scored 450.

The Irish are 2-0 all-time against the Chargers. The last meeting came during the regular season in 2013 when Prep won 28-2. 

Flint Powers squeaked by 13-12 against Folwlerville last week while Prep took care of Ortonville Brandon 54-40. The winner of this game will take on the winner of Country Day and Milan in the state semifinal.