Buczek: Semifinals Within Reach for Area Teams

The high school football postseason in northern Michigan continues this weekend with seven area matchups.

Division 2, Region 1
Friday, Nov. 10
Traverse City Central (8-3) at Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central (11-0), 7 p.m. – These two last met in 2010, with the Rangers coming away with a 40-30 win. The Trojans are looking to claim their first regional championship since winning the 1988 Class A state title.
Division 6, Region 1
Traverse City St. Francis (10-1) at Millington (10-1), 7 p.m. – St. Francis is playing for a regional title for the fourth straight season and looking to reach the semifinals for the first time since 2015. After a slim 7-0 win over Hemlock, Millington rolled past Houghton Lake, 55-28, to win a district title last week. This is the first meeting between the schools.
8-player Division 2, Semifinal 1
Crystal Falls Forest Park (8-2) at Pickford (11-0), 7 p.m. – Pickford is back in the state semifinals for the second straight year and fourth time in program history. The Panthers are coming off a 26-14 win over Onekama, while the Trojans sprinted past Engadine for a 62-20 victory. This is the first meeting between the two.
Saturday, Nov. 11
Division 5, Region 1
Menominee (8-3) at Reed City (10-1), 6 p.m. – This is the second straight year that these two have met, with the Maroons holding a 2-0 edge all-time in the series. Menominee has won three straight and avenged a 21-point loss to Kingsford with a 24-21 victory in last week’s district final. Reed City has outscored its playoff foes 88-15.
Division 7, Region 1
Breckenridge (10-1) at Lake City (11-0), 1 p.m. – Breckenridge is fresh off of winning its first district title in program history, while Lake City won its third district championship since 2012. The Trojans set a school record for wins last week and can make their first state semifinal with a victory on Saturday.
Division 8, Region 1
Frankfort (8-2) at Iron River West Iron County (10-1), 1:30 p.m. – Frankfort is making the seven hour and nearly 400-mile road trip in search of its first regional championship since 2009. The Wykons haven’t won a regional title since its Class C state runner-up finish in 1977.
8-player Division 1, Semifinal 1
Stephenson (9-2) at Central Lake (11-0), 3 p.m. – The Trojans won their first regional championship a week ago and have already matched a school record for wins with 11. This is the first meeting between the two schools, with Stephenson holding off a late rally by Cedarville for a 30-24 win last week.