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Kalamazoo-area Week 5 prep soccer picks: Which groups transfer nearer to a playoff berth?

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KALAMAZOO, MI – After three weeks of upsets, the Kalamazoo-area highschool soccer scene lastly noticed some normalcy in Week 4, as the highest native groups strengthened their case for a playoff berth.

That the highest groups have been in a position to present up and maintain enterprise additionally offered a lift to this reporter’s morale following a subpar begin to the season so far as predictions go.

A 43-26 file by three weeks had me doubting my talents and tipping my cap to the coaches of the underdog groups that undoubtedly drew motivation from my selecting towards them.

Effectively, perhaps.

Once I’m solely selecting video games accurately at a 62-percent clip, it leads me to surprise if anybody places any inventory into the predictions.

However after going 18-2 in Week 4, I am completely happy to report that, sure, it is best to concentrate and ship this column by your group chats if for no different motive than to inspire your group of scrappy underdogs.

So, with out additional ado, right here is the complete slate of Week 5 Kalamazoo-area prep soccer predictions, together with 5 video games that ought to be particularly aggressive.

Portage Central head coach Mick Enders talks to crew after sport on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, at Mattawan highschool. Portage Central received the sport over Mattawan, 23-14.Gracie Smith | gsmith@mlive.com

St. Joseph (3-1) at Portage Central (2-2)

St. Joseph ought to be hungry for some revenge towards a Portage Central crew that overcame a 22-0 deficit to stun the Bears in additional time final season. Central went on to win a district championship, whereas St. Joe made all of it the way in which to the state semifinals, and this 12 months’s groups are once more wanting sturdy.

After dropping the primary two video games of the season, a younger Central squad has received two in a row, most just lately final week’s 23-14 victory over Mattawan, regardless of the Mustangs offense turning it over thrice.

St. Joseph dropped the season opener to returning Division 2 state runner-up Traverse Metropolis Central, however the Bears have received three in a row, together with a 41-28 victory over perennial energy Hudsonville Unity Christian and final week’s 35-14 conquer Battle Creek Lakeview.

The Mustangs’ offense remains to be trying to discover its groove after graduating all 11 seniors from final 12 months, so Central’s finest probability includes a low-scoring, grind-it-out kind of sport. That could possibly be robust towards a St. Joseph crew that options star operating again Trey McGinnis, who rushed for 209 yards final week, and stable quarterback Matt Lanier.

Central will maintain St. Joseph to its lowest level whole of the season, however it will not be fairly sufficient.

Choose: St. Joseph 27, Portage Central 21

Portage Northern hosts Vicksburg for high school football opener

Portage Northern gamers Braylen Amos (3) and Cane Mack (8) toss a soccer on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022, at Portage Northern highschool in Portage.Gracie Smith | gsmith@mlive.com

Portage Northern (2-2) at Battle Creek Lakeview (2-2)

Maybe no Kalamazoo-area crew has been extra increase or bust than Portage Northern, which opened the season with a 41-27 win over Vicksburg, then struggled offensively in a pair of losses, earlier than placing on a clinic with a 63-7 victory over Kalamazoo Central. Northern quarterback Cane Mack notched profession highs in yards (329) and landing passes (5) within the large win, with three of these scoring strikes going to junior Braylen Amos.

Lakeview’s protection is a couple of steps above Okay-Central’s, however the Spartans’ offense has been inconsistent, which ought to lead to a low-scoring affair towards the Huskies.

Count on Lakeview to drag out a nail-biter in entrance of a giant crowd on the Spartans’ first residence sport of 2022.

Choose: Lakeview 20, Portage Northern 14

Father Gabriel Richard vs.  Paw Paw high school football

Paw Paw’s Carter Plangger (23) runs the ball in for a landing as Father Gabriel Richard faces Paw Paw at Father Gabriel Richard Excessive Faculty in Ann Arbor on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022.Jacob Hamilton | MLive.com

South Lyon East (3-1) at Paw Paw (3-1), 2:30 pm Saturday

Paw Paw received the primary installment of this cross-state matchup, 25-14, final 12 months, and the Pink Wolves want to defend their residence turf this time round. After struggling mightily in Week 4, Paw Paw has received its final three because of a dominant floor sport that noticed Carter Plangger rush for greater than 300 yards final week.

On the alternative finish of the spectrum, South Lyon East is licking its wounds after a 51-23 loss to Walled Lake Western, wherein beginning quarterback Nico Campo left with an harm. His availability of lui will probably be key for an offense that might want to string collectively some drives so as to keep recent for the fourth quarter.

Choose: Paw Paw 28, South Lyon East 20

Constantine vs.  Lawton football 2022

– Constantine’s Brayden Clark carries the ball throughout a highschool soccer sport towards Lawton on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022 at Constantine Excessive Faculty. Patrick Nothaft | MLive.comPatrick Nothaft | MLive.com

Constantine (3-1) at Watervliet (3-1)

Constantine exorcised its Schoolcraft demons final week, and the Falcons are flying excessive heading into this week’s matchup towards Watervliet in a sport that carries convention title implications. The Falcons’ three-headed operating again monster of Brayden Clark, Dom Jacobs and Bennett VandenBerg has been unstoppable all season, however Watervliet has some measurement and can problem Constantine’s means to remain forward of the chains.

Watervliet was a dark-horse decide to problem Constantine for a SAC Lakeshore title, and that regarded prefer it come to fruition, however the Panthers have struggled the previous two weeks, shedding to state-ranked Kent Metropolis in Week 3 and squeaking previous Galesburg- Augusta, 22-17, final week.

Will there be any letdown from Constantine coming off of its large win over rival Schoolcraft? That is unlikely, however it might give Watervliet a path to victory. Greater than doubtless, Constantine will proceed to run over, round and thru its opponent en path to win No. 4.

Choose: Constantine 35, Watervliet 23

Martin football 2022

– Martin’s JR Hildebrand poses for a photograph on the MLive / Kalamazoo Gazette Excessive Faculty Soccer Media Day on Tuesday, July 26 at The Dome Sports activities Middle in Schoolcraft, Mich. Patrick Nothaft | MLive.comPatrick Nothaft | MLive.com

Brown Metropolis (4-0) at Martin (4-0)

Brown Metropolis pulled off a big-time 58-40 upset towards returning state runner-up Suttons Bay final week, wherein Inexperienced Devils’ operating again Kyle Affer collected 250 yards and 5 touchdowns on 21 carries, whereas Clint Ford added 146 yards and one rating on 19 totes.

Martin has seen a dynamic operating again duo in Mendon’s Jack McCaw and Evan Lukeman, and the Clippers gave up 222 yards to the previous and 64 to the latter, so Brown Metropolis ought to be capable of transfer the ball somewhat bit on a stout Clipper protection .

Brown Metropolis hasn’t seen an offense like Martin’s nevertheless, and the Clippers have playmakers everywhere in the discipline beginning with dual-threat quarterback JR Hildebrand.

This looks as if the kind of sport wherein the final crew with the ball pulls out a win, and I believe Martin will get it achieved in entrance of what ought to be a vigorous residence crowd.

Choose: Martin 52, Brown Metropolis 44

Extra predictions

Battle Creek Central 30, Mattawan 21

Stevensville Lakeshore 31, Kalamazoo Central 20

Edwardsburg 32, Plainwell 21

Vicksburg 27, Niles 18

Three Rivers 34, Richland Gull Lake 21

Sturgis 33, Otsego 16

South Haven 20, Allegan 13

Schoolcraft 26, Galesburg-Augusta 19

Lawton 35, Delton Kellogg 21

Kalamazoo United 30, Parchment 22

Decatur 21, Cassopolis 14

Centerville 16, White Pigeon 8

Comstock 27, Saugatuck 20

Buchanan 22, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 15

Fennville 35, Bangor 28

Marcellus 38, Bloomingdale’s 20

Mendon 40, Gobles 31

Lawrence 36, Wyoming Lee 18

Climax-Scotts 33, Athens 21

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