Buczek: Rematches Highlight Opening Week of Postseason

The high school football postseason kicks off in northern Michigan this weekend with 25 area games.

Below is a breakdown of the area’s best opening round games.

Friday, Oct. 27

8-Player Division 2 Regional Semifinal

Engadine (7-2) at Rapid River (7-2) – The Eagles ended the year with three straight wins, while the Rockets dropped their final two games to Powers North Central (36-0) and Eben Junction Superior Central (46-22). Engadine is in the playoffs for a seventh straight year. Rapid River leads the all-time series at 31-18, but dropped the last meeting in 2015, 62-30.

Division 8 Pre-District

Newberry (6-2) at Frankfort (6-2) – This marks the first meeting between these two. Newberry is in the postseason for a fourth straight year and earned a share of a Mid-Eastern Conference title with a 28-14 win over Norway in Week 7. Frankfort’s two are losses were to Muskegon Catholic Central (31-6) and Glen Lake (48-34).

Division 7 Pre-District

McBain (7-2) at Lake City (9-0) – The Highland Conference champion Trojans are 9-0 for the first time in program history. Lake City won the earlier meeting, 28-8, but trails the all-time series at 27-21. Lake City won back-to-back district titles from 2012-13, while McBain won a title in 2015.

Division 6 Pre-District

Glen Lake (6-2) at Boyne City (9-0) – This is a matchup of NMFL division champions. Both teams are on a roll, with Glen Lake winning five straight and shutting out four opponents in that stretch. The Lakers lead the all-time series at 4-2, but the Ramblers won the last meeting in 2015, 48-21.

Division 5 Pre-District

Chippewa Hills (7-2) at Clare (8-1) – Since falling to Ithaca in Week 1, Clare has outscored opponents 402-109 en route to winning another Jack Pine Conference title. Chippewa Hills finished second again to Reed City in the CSAA Gold race. The Warriors own the all-time series at 7-4 and won last year’s postseason meeting, 32-27.

Division 5 Pre-District

Grant (6-3) at Newaygo (7-2) – The Lions are back in the postseason for the first time since 2014, while Grant is making back-to-back appearances for the first time in school history. Newaygo handed Grant a 20-6 loss in Week 8 in secure runner-up honors in the CSAA Gold and leads the all-time series at 34-33.

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