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.

Itll be a challenge, Melvindale coach Jason Carriveau said of Friday nights 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 wasnt 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 cant 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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