Buczek: Excitement Builds for Second Week of Playoffs

The high school football postseason continues this week with 11-player district finals and 8-player regional finals.

I’m once again breaking down every area matchup.

Division 3
Region 1, District 1
Friday, Nov. 2
Cedar Springs (9-1) at Mt. Pleasant (10-0) – The Oilers got out to an early lead last week in a 35-6 win over Petoskey for their first playoff victory since 2015. Mt. Pleasant is one of three SVL North teams remaining in the postseason and won the first and only meeting with Cedar Springs, 35-6, in a Division 3 pre-district in 2010. The Red Hawks handed Gaylord a 46-7 loss last week.
Division 5
Region 1, District 1
Friday, Nov. 2
Clare (9-1) at Reed City (10-0) – These two are meeting for the district title for the second straight year with Reed City winning last year’s meeting 34-7. A win for Reed City would give the Coyotes their third consecutive district championship while Clare is seeking its first since 2012. Reed City leads the all-time series at 12-8-1.
Division 6
Region 1, District 1
Saturday, Nov. 3
Calumet (10-0) at Traverse City St. Francis (10-0) – These two met in a Division 6 pre-district a year ago, with St. Francis winning 28-6. The Gladiators are going for their fifth straight district championship while Calumet is coming off a 6-0 win over Ishpeming Westwood and looking for its second district title since 2016. This marks the second meeting between the two.
Region 1, District 2
Friday, Nov. 2
Beaverton (8-2) at Kingsley (9-1) – The Stags recorded their first playoff win since 2006 last week with a dominant 62-22 victory over Tawas. Beaverton won its first-ever postseason game with a 42-14 win over Glen Lake and is in the playoffs for the third straight year. These two have never met before.
Region 2, District 1
Saturday, Nov. 3
Newaygo (7-3) at Montague (8-2) – Newaygo is one of two CSAA Gold teams remaining following a 25-10 victory over Morley Stanwood last week. The win was Newaygo’s first in the playoffs since 2012. Montague is coming off a 49-20 win over Fennville. The Lions lead the all-time series at 5-1.
Division 7
Region 1, District 1
Friday, Nov. 2
Iron Mountain (8-2) at Roscommon (9-1) – The Bucks are seeking their first district championship since 2006 and have won eight straight since a Week 2 loss to Beaverton. Iron Mountain handed Oscoda a 36-14 loss on Saturday and is looking for its first postseason title since reaching the 2011 Division 6 state semifinals. This marks the first meeting.
Region 1, District 2
Friday, Nov. 2
McBain (8-2) at Lake City (10-0) – These two are meeting in the postseason for the second straight year after Lake City survived North Muskegon last week. McBain doubled up Pine River, 28-14, to reach its first district final since 2015. The Trojans are going for their fourth straight win in the series but trail the all-time series at 27-23.
Division 8
Region 1, District 2
Friday, Nov. 2
Johannesburg-Lewiston (9-1) at Breckenridge (10-0) – The Cardinals are facing their second straight Mid-State Activities Conference opponent after holding off Merrill for a 15-8 win last week. Johannesburg-Lewiston hasn’t won a district title since 2012 Breckenridge has only allowed 31 points this fall and recorded seven shutouts. This is the first meeting between the two.
8-Player Division 1
Region 1
Friday, Nov. 2
Suttons Bay (9-1) at Pickford (10-0) – The Panthers keep rolling and posted their fourth shutout of the season last week with a 51-0 win over Forest Area. The Norsemen picked up a 49-20 win to advance to their second straight regional final. Suttons Bay has won six straight since a loss to Wyoming Tri-unity Christian in Week 4. This is the first meeting between the two.
8-Player Division 2
Region 2
Friday, Nov. 2
Cedarville (6-4) at Posen (8-2) – Cedarville forced seven turnovers to pull off a 44-6 upset win over Hillman last week while Posen rolled past Kinde North Huron, 58-20. The Vikings haven’t won a postseason title since winning a Division 8 district in 2004 while the Trojans are eyeing their third semifinal bid since 2014. Cedarville leads the all-time series at 29-15-1.
Region 3
Friday, Nov. 2
Brethren (7-3) at Onekama (8-2) – Brethren recorded its first playoff win since 1990 and second in school history with a 42-26 upset win over Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart last Saturday. The Portagers were able to grind out a 22-6 win over Marion and are in a regional final for the second straight season. Onekama has dominated the all-time series at 40-9-1.

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