Inside the huddle

Southfield High at Berkley High, 7 p.m. Nov. 6

By: Christian Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published November 4, 2015

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It’s the first time Berkley High has hosted a second-round playoff game, and the Bears are welcoming Southfield High.

Berkley comes in at 8-2 overall after handling Southfield-Lathrup 27-0 in the first round of the Division 2 playoffs.

Southfield is 7-3 and beat Oak Park High 38-14 to open the postseason; the Blue Jays fell to the Knights 50-14 just two weeks prior.

Berkley is scoring 30 points a game, and Southfield’s main objective is to slow down receiver Nolan Givan. The Bears utilize Givan’s size as a deep threat, but also take advantage of his athleticism on end-arounds.

Southfield is averaging 25 points a game and has multiple weapons for the Bears to stop, led by Eric McArn at running back, who finished with 99 yards on 26 carries, along with two touchdowns, against Oak Park.

The Blue Jays also have the ability to win through the air with quarterback Sam Johnson III and receiver Brandon Gray as legitimate threats.

The Bears and Blue Jays last played in 2009, a 26-10 victory for Southfield in the opening round of the playoffs.

Pick: Southfield

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