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Goricki's prep picks: Dakota hopes 3rd time's the charm

David Goricki
The Detroit News
Detroit King’s Donnie Corley dives into the end zone against Cass Tech in September.

Mike Giannone has led Macomb Dakota to a pair of state titles in 18 years.

Still, Dakota hasn't been able to knock off Detroit Cass Tech, which had regional victories in 2010 and 2013.

But on Friday, Giannone hopes a change of scenery — Dakota hosts Cass Tech — makes the difference and gives Dakota a chance to move past its nemesis into the state semifinals.

And he's more than happy to have senior Brendyn Pittman running the ball. Pittman, filling in for Kaiser Carleton (knee), delivered 154 rushing yards and three touchdowns — on seven carries — in a victory over Utica Eisenhower.

"He's going to have to step it up because he's going to get the ball," Giannone said.

Pick: Cass Tech by 4

Other top games

Canton (9-2) at Saline (10-0), 7 p.m. Friday: Canton had 448 yards rushing (Markus Sanders had 237) last week against Northville. Saline, which reached the Division 1 title game last season, is battled tested behind QB Josh Jackson, who torched Canton for 319 yards and four TDs in last year's regional. Saline by 6

Detroit Catholic Central (9-2) at Romeo (10-1), 7 p.m. Friday: Catholic Central, which reached the Division 1 state title game three straight years (2011-13), are tough behind RB Nick Capatina (223 yards, two TDs against Novi). Romeo's defense, however, is stronger and quicker. Romeo by 2

Midland Dow (10-1) at Walled Lake Western (11-0), noon Saturday:Kyle Thomas has put together a strong senior season for Walled Lake Western, but will need to be at his best facing Dow QB Bruce Mann, who has a big target in 6-6 Mike Robb. Western by 1

Detroit East English (9-2) at Detroit King (11-0), 1 p.m. Saturday: King defeated East English, 20-15, earlier, and has perhaps the strongest secondary in the state behind Donnie Corley, LaVert Hill, Dontre Boyd, Ambry Thomas and Armani Posey. King by 8