November 15, 2013 at 1:16 am

Tom Markowski

High school football picks: Scoreboard should be buzzing for Melvindale vs. St. Clair

Melvindale — As playoff games go, the Division 3 regional final between Melvindale and St. Clair is expected to be one of the highest scoring games this weekend.

Melvindale (9-2) averages better than 33 points, St. Clair sits at just over 49.

“It’ll be a challenge,” Melvindale coach Jason Carriveau said of Friday night’s game against St. Clair at East China Stadium. “They run the triple option based out of the I-formation, but they also run the midline. They want the ball in the hands of their quarterback (Jared Tobey).”

Strength of schedule seems to favor Melvindale — all its opponents but one (Milan) are Class A schools. St. Clair has played six Class A schools.

And a plus for Melvindale is the status of slot back KleSean Clark. Clark suffered a sprained ankle in the first week of the playoffs, and though he wasn’t completely healthy last week, had a 67-yard touchdown reception.

The pick: St. Clair by 2.

Games to watch

All games are 1 p.m. Saturday unless noted

Rochester Adams (8-3) at Clarkston (10-1): Clarkston, which lost to Adams (12-7) in Week 1, has been held to less than 30 points once. Clarkston by 12

Detroit C.C. (9-2) at Temperance Bedford (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday: Bedford had to rally last week. C.C. by 10

Macomb Dakota (11-0) at Detroit Cass Tech (11-0): QB Jayru Campbell needs to be at his best for Cass Tech to win. Cass Tech by 3

Farmington Hills Harrison (10-1) at Portage Central (11-0): This is the first meeting between the schools. Central has never advanced past the third round. Harrison by 8

Detroit U-D Jesuit (7-4) vs. Brother Rice (11-0), Berkley: Brother Rice defeated U-D this season and has won 12 straight in the series. Brother Rice by 18

Detroit King (9-1) at Wyandotte Roosevelt (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday: These teams have met once, a 33-0 King victory in the 2011 regional final. Wyandotte by 2

Detroit Country Day (8-3) at Marine City (10-1), 7 p.m. Saturday: Marine City defeated Country Day in the 2007 state final, but can’t match that defensive performance. Country Day by 9

Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central (10-1) at Livonia Clarenceville (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday: Clarenceville won the only other meeting, the 2000 Division 6 district final. St. Mary CC by 15

Southfield Christian (10-1) vs. Detroit Loyola (11-0) at U-D Jesuit, 7 p.m. Friday: Loyola outscored its two playoff opponents 123-0. Loyola by 34

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