The D Zone predicts the Division 3 State Title game, Farmington Hills Harrison vs. Muskegon

Division 3 State Championship Overview: Muskegon has ran absolutely rampant on their schedule this year and the game they waited for is finally here after a long 14 week season that Muskegon only had 1 challenge they knew ahead of time in Mona Shores back in week 8. Farmington Hills Harrison had a tough path getting into the playoffs but did so safely with a 6-3 record and in Division 3 no one has put much resistance in front of them besides Riverview last week.

Farmington Hills Harrison and Muskegon hold the most combined state titles including mythical state titles, that the media in the past voted on before 1974.

State Finals history:

Farmington Hills Harrison will be appearing in their 18th state title game. Harrison will look for their 14th title this year as they have 13 state titles in the playoff era and no mythical state titles. Harrison has won their titles in; 1981, 1982, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1997-2001, and 2010. Harrison has 4 runner-up appearances.

Muskegon won their first MHSAA playoff state title in 1986 and 1989 in Class A. It wasn't until 2004 that Muskegon got back to the Division 2 title game where they won D3 in; 2004, 2006, and 2008. Muskegon will be appearing in their 5th title game in the past 6 years as they've fallen in D2 in 2012 and 2013 vs. Brother Rice and 2014 and 2016 vs. Saint Mary's. Muskegon has 12 "mythical" state championships that were voted on by various media companies in; 1920, 1921, 1923, 1926-1928, 1936-1937, 1942, 1944, 1951, 1971, and 1974.

Last weeks predictions: 2-0 (14-4 Overall in Division 3)

Breakdown: Muskegon is simply rolling and clicking on all cylinders this year and has won all but 1 game by halftime this year. Harrison didn't really look like a state finals contending team until they were placed in Division 3.

Prediction: Muskegon 42-20

Explanation: Muskegon has destroyed everyone they played and is not stopping they till finish it off. This was about the same context and predictions last year vs. a much less talented St. Mary's team who devised a plan to have long drives and make it a shorter game. Muskegon scored on all but 2 drives last year. 1. an interception thrown and 2. 1 play with 4 seconds left in the game.

Comments

Posted by Toby Moleski 11/21/2017

Stevenson final rank was #42 in Illinois. I would call that a decent test. They are in the largest class in Illinois and have a really good tradition.

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