After 167 days, Michigan High School’s football season ends August 10 through January 20 from the start of practice until the last state championship game.
And one last prediction.
Hugh “The Mad Bavarian” Bernreuter was 2-0 last week and predicted wins for Frankenmuth and Grand Rapids Catholic Central. The teams faced each other in the Division 5 championship game at Ford Field on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
The madman, if his calculations are correct, is 141-29 this season, with one prediction left.
Mathematics, however, has never been one of Bavaria’s strengths, even in the dark ages when its abacus was known as a weapon of mathematical disturbance.
But even the lonely sports journalist knows about mathematical impossibilities, which is why he can predict with certainty that no player will give more than 100 percent on Friday and Saturday. And those 167 days are too long for a high school football season.
Frankenmuth (11-0) vs. Grand Rapids Catholic Central (10-0)
Saturday, 4:30 p.m., Ford Field
Frankenmuth could curse his luck. The Eagles have finally overcome that hurdle this season after two near-misses in the semi-finals they led in the fourth quarter. And as luck would have it, Division 4 Grand Rapids Catholic Central state power fell back to Division 5 for the first time in history, having won three of the last four Division 4 state titles.
Then throw up a star-studded line-up led by Notre Dame-bound security guard Nolan Ziegler, record-breaking recorder Jace Williams, and veteran quarterback Joey Silveri – all with a 44-0 win at the 2019 Detroit Country Day state championship.
Yikes It’s not exactly the easiest path for a team to make their State Finals debut at Ford Field.
But Frankenmuth also has a lot to offer. You probably won’t be intimidated. They have a unique offense with several different characteristics of a gun formation. You have speed and depth. In the Catholic headquarters there are five two-way players – three linemen – and two in Frankenmuth – none are linemen.
Frankenmuth’s pass rush has more than 50 sacks this season, but can the Eagles get to Silveri in time to prevent long passes to Williams? If the Eagles fall behind early, can they pass through the air with just eight TDs passing in 11 games after an average of less than 77 yards per game?
Frankenmuth belongs in the state finals. It’s not a coincidence. The Eagles were able to advance to the 2016 and 2017 finals only to stall in the fourth quarter of their semi-final game. They are finally seeing a state finale at Ford Field. Unfortunately, they face a highly talented team with players who have a career full of experience in the state finals. Bavarian forecast: Grand Rapids Catholic Central 24, Frankenmuth 21.
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