​The D Zone's predictions and breakdown of Division 4 - Round 4

Written by
Jeff Corrion

Division 4 Round 4 Overview: Grand Rapids Catholic Central, the defending champions knocked out Escanaba last year, they'll rematch in the semi's and Edwardsburg and River Rouge will be a great game.

Last weeks predictions: 3-1 (10-2 Overall)

Semi-Final #1:

State-ranked #18 Grand Rapids Catholic Central keeps chugging along as they beat Belding 42-3 last week behind another impressive performance from the state's now leading rusher, Nolan Fugate who rushed for just under 300 yards and 4 touchdowns. The Escanaba offense has heated up a few degrees these past 3 weeks as they'll look to continue their success vs. the defending D4 champions.

Prediction: Grand Rapids Catholic Central 35-14

Explanation: GRCC is a strong team all-around, but it's clear they're rallying around Nolan Fugate, particularly in the Districts. Having a dangerous weapon only frees up the offense to be more balanced.

Pre-season Rankings: Grand Rapids Catholic Central #24

Semi-Final #2:

#20 River Rouge will face off vs. Edwardsburg in a battle of heavyweights. The Eddies were 2-3 plays away from sending Muskegon home last year so despite the disparity in the rankings, this should be a great game. River Rouge will need to cut down on the penalties if they come out victorious, but they have the pieces all around on offense and defense to make up for lost plays. River Rouge has the most dangerous return man in the state in Daraun McKinney and Cranbrook didn't let him do much. Edwardsburg runs wing-t and we're not shocked they beat Lansing Sexton, but we are shocked they did so convincingly.

Prediction: River Rouge 33-30

Explanation: Both teams have the athletes and personnel to exploit the other where it hurts. This is the semi-final of two teams who deserve to be playing for a state title.

Pre-season Rankings: River Rouge #20