November 1, 2013 at 1:00 am

Tom Markowski

Prep picks: Northville says it matches up well against Detroit C.C. this time

Northville — Northville has played a number of big games in the program’s history, including two in each of the last two weeks, but tonight’s 7 p.m. pre-district against nine-time state champion Detroit Catholic Central could be the biggest.

Certainly if Northville were to defeat C.C., it would be the signature win.

Northville (8-1) is the top seed in Division 1, Region 3, District 1 and should Northville advance it also would host the district final.

Last week, Northville handed Walled Lake Western its only loss, 38-31 in overtime. The week before, Northville gave Canton its only loss, 42-30. Oddly enough, Western and Canton are paired in the other bracket.

This is Northville’s 10th playoff appearance and the third time it will face C.C. (7-2). In 2010 C.C. defeated Northville, 35-10, in a district final and the next year C.C. whipped Northville, 56-6.

Coach Matt Ladach said this time it will be different.

“We match up well with them,” Ladach said. “They’ll be the biggest and strongest team we’ve played. We’re strong up front, too, and we think we can win some of those battles. In the past we were hoping for a stalemate.”

Northville’s best player is quarterback and three-year starter Joey Hewlett. Hewlett is a dual threat out of the shotgun and is effective running the read option.

C.C.’s most valuable player is all-purpose back Zach Bock, who also handles all of the kicking duties. C.C. by 4.

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