Cadillac, Gaylord Continue Playoff Push

GAYLORD – A pair of top-10 teams clash in our “MISportsNow Fans’ Choice Game of the Week,” as Division 8 No. 8-ranked Gaylord St. Mary (5-0, 2-0) welcomes in Division 8 No. 2-ranked St. Ignace (4-1, 4-0) on Friday.

Cadillac (4-1, 2-0) hosts Big North Conference foe Gaylord (2-3, 0-1) in our “Overtime on the Road” matchup.

After going 2-7 last year and missing out on the postseason for the first time in seven years, Cadillac is back atop the Big North, tied for first place with Traverse City Central.

“Considering years past, you know, it’s a good feeling to be here,” Cadillac senior Connor Flint said. “We’ve put in a lot of work. We’ve done a few new things, and we’ve got ways to go. There’s a lot of stuff we have to fix, but I mean I think this is a good representation of the work we’ve put in so far.”

Gaylord looks to shake off last week’s 21-20 loss to sixth-ranked Central, in which the Trojans scored the go-ahead touchdown in the final 10 seconds of regulation. The Blue Devils have got out to a slow start after making the playoffs last year for the first time since 2007.

“I feel like our team’s getting really disciplined,” Gaylord senior Cody Moyer said. “Even though we’re a young team, we’re really a disciplined ball team. We’ve just got to keep on improving every single year. I’ll be excited to see what they have to come with next year and the year after.”

These are just two of the 12 local high school football games we’ll have highlights from on Sports Overtime.

MATTHEW DOYLE

Gaylord (2-3, 0-1) at Cadillac (4-1, 2-0) – Cadillac has won three of the last four meetings with Petoskey.

MEGAN VIECELLI

Evart (3-2, 1-2) at Lake City (2-3, 1-2) – A win for the Wildcats would be their first in seven seasons over the Trojans.

GREG MILLER

Reed City (5-0, 4-0) at Chippewa Hills (5-0, 4-0) – The Coyotes have won five consecutive league titles and five straight over Chippewa Hills, but Friday’s game might be the most evenly matched the series has seen in years. The two sides are beating opponents by an average of 33 points per game, with the closest win being Reed City’s 20-point victory over Newaygo.

McBain (3-2, 1-2) at Beal City (3-2, 2-1) – With the regular season winding down, this rivalry game is full of playoff implications. Beal City and McBain’s final three games are against teams that are currently 20-10 combined.

ERIC DAVIS

St. Ignace (4-1, 4-0) at Gaylord St. Mary (5-0, 2-0) – The Snowbirds are 5-0 for the first time since 2009. The Saints lead the series at 3-0.

Inland Lakes (0-5, 0-4) at Johannesburg-Lewiston (2-3, 1-1) – Inland Lakes goes for its first win of the season and first over Johannesburg-Lewiston since 2012.

NOAH JURIC

East Jordan (4-1) at Charlevoix (4-1) – East Jordan can secure just its second five-win season since 2004, while Charlevoix looks to rebound from last week’s 49-7 loss to Glen Lake.

Harbor Springs (1-4, 1-1) at Central Lake (1-4, 0-3) – This marks the first meeting between the two since 1996. Harbor Springs won that meeting, 14-0.

JOHN HARRINGTON

Grand Traverse Academy (1-4, 1-3) at Forest Area (4-1, 3-0) – The Warriors are off to their best start since 2008 and look to improve to 3-0 all-time against GTA.

Elk Rapids (1-4, 0-2) at Kingsley (0-5, 0-3) – After five consecutive winning seasons, Kingsley is still seeking its first win of 2016. The Stags have won two straight over the Elks.

JEREMY ERICKSON

Petoskey (0-5, 0-1) at T.C. Central (5-0, 2-0) – The sixth-ranked Trojans rallied for a 28-27 win in overtime last fall, snapping a two-game skid to the Northmen.

BONUS

Rogers City (2-3) at Mio (1-4) – This is a must-win for Rogers City, which is seeking its first postseason berth since 2009. The Hurons have won two straight in the series.

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