Best Week 8 Michigan high school football games around Hometown Life

Sports reporter Brandon Folsom breaks down the five biggest matchups taking place during Week 8 of the MHSAA football season.

All games kick off at 7 pm Friday, Oct. 14.

Farmington (5-2, 2-1) at Birmingham Seaholm (7-0, 3-0 (OAA-Blue)

It’s always great when the final league matchup of the season goes down as a conference championship game.

That’s what we have here in the Oakland Activities Association-Blue.

Not only does a win keep Birmingham Seaholm’s undefeated record intact but it’d also give them a 4-0 record in the division. A loss to the Falcons would make both teams 3-1.

This matchup features two dynamic, high-scoring offenses, so expect plenty of points.

Farmington has a chance to play spoilers on its own field, while Seaholm is looking to win its first league title since 2018.

Livonia Franklin's Cordell Mabins Jr. rushes during a Kensington Lakes Activities Association-East football game Friday, Sept.  23, 2022, at Westland John Glenn.

Livonia Franklin (7-0, 6-0) at Belleville (7-0, 6-0) (KLAA-East)

It’s the de facto Kensington Lakes Activities Association-East championship game. The winner heads to next week’s KLAA championship against Brighton.

Unfortunately for the Patriots, Belleville is one of the best teams in Michigan history.

It’d be considered the biggest upset of the season in metro Detroit if Livonia Franklin beat the defending Division 1 state champions, which are led by Bryce Underwood, the No. 1-ranked sophomore QB in the country, according to 247 Sports.

Can the Patriots pull off the upset? Sure. But this looks like quite the dynasty Belleville is building right now.

Northville running back Caleb Moore ran for two touchdowns in a 28-21 victory at Hartland on Friday, Oct.  7, 2022.

Novi (5-2, 5-1) at Northville (6-1, 5-1) (KLAA-West)

Only a pair of wins over Brighton could’ve made this rivalry week matchup better.

Both Novi and Northville enter this one with a loss to the Bulldogs. Therefore it’ll be Brighton representing the KLAA-West in the league championship.

So this crosstown game is merely for second place.

But who cares? There are still bragging rights rivalry on the line. And both teams want the playoff points so they can try to muster home-field advantage in the postseason.

South Lyon East's Daedricco Fizer rushes during a Lakes Valley Conference football game Friday, Oct.  7, 2022, at White Lake Lakeland.

Milford (4-3, 3-3) at South Lyon East (5-2, 4-2) (LVC)

Both teams are in dire need of a win.

For the Cougars, they need a bounce-back performance after getting upset by White Lake Lakeland in Week 7. Their offense never looked in sync, and they allowed their emotions to get the best of them at times. A win is a great potpourri to mask that kind of funk.