Northern Michigan Football 2017: By the Numbers
A new season of high school football kicks off Thursday and Friday, and to preview the fall, we’re looking at streaks that are on the line in 2017.
- Beal City has reached the state playoffs in 17 consecutive seasons and have won at least one postseason game in 11 straight years. A two-time state champion (1994, 2009) and five-time runner-up (most recent 2013), the Aggies have made the postseason more than any other team in MHSAA history with 34 appearances and have had only two losing seasons since 1973.
- Cedarville has made 13 consecutive playoff appearances since 2004, with the last six coming at the 8-player level. The 2014 8-player state runner-up has made the 8-player postseason each year since the MHSAA began sponsoring a tournament in 2011.
- Reed City has posted back-to-back undefeated regular seasons and has suffered just two regular season losses since 2011, falling to Newaygo and Schoolcraft in 2014. In that six-year span, the Coyotes have captured six Central State Activities Association championships (five outright, one shared) and gone 60-8.
- Whittemore-Prescott has not had a losing season since 1993. The 2000 Division 6 state champion and two-time state runner-up (1995, 1998), the Cardinals have made 21 postseason appearances since 1994.
- Of the area programs that have sponsored 8- or 11-player football for at least one season, four are still seeking their first playoff bid. Hart, which returned to the gridiron last year after canceling its 2015 season, is the lone 11-player team that has yet to make the postseason. Charlton Heston Academy (first season in 2014), Grand Traverse Academy (first season in 2010) and Pellston are the three 8-player programs that are looking to reach the playoffs for the first time this fall.
- The 8-player landscape is changing again this fall, as 61 teams, including 24 in the area, are now sponsoring the sport. Atlanta, Baldwin, Bear Lake, Central Lake, Mesick, Onekama and Suttons Bay have all made the move to the modified game, with Bear Lake fielding a program for the first time in school history after previously co-oping with Onekama.