Buczek: State Finals in Sight For Area Teams

With Ford Field and the Superior Dome in sight, eight area high school football programs remain in the postseason.

Division 5
Saturday, Nov. 10
Reed City (11-0) at Saginaw Swan Valley (11-0) – The Coyotes are fresh off winning their third straight district title and will face top-ranked Swan Valley in a reach of last year’s state semifinal, which saw the Vikings pull off a 29-14 win. Reed City has recorded four shutouts this fall and is allowing only an average of a touchdown a game. This is only the second meeting between the two.
Division 6
Friday, Nov. 9
Kingsley (10-1) at Traverse City St. Francis (11-0) – These two met in Week 4 with St. Francis picking up a 43-8 win. The Gladiators have scored 40 or more points in 10 of their 11 games this fall while Kingsley won its first district title since 2005 last week. St. Francis leads the all-time series at 8-3.
Division 7
Friday, Nov. 9
Roscommon (10-1) at Lake City (11-0) – The Trojans won a second straight regional title with a dominant 42-7 victory over rival McBain last Friday while Roscommon won its first district championship since 2006 with a win over Iron Mountain. The Bucks lead the all-time series at 4-3, but have dropped two straight in the series.
8-Player Division 1
Saturday, Nov. 10
AuGres-Sims (11-0) at Pickford (11-0) – The Panthers are back in the state semifinals for a third straight year after rallying and outlasting Suttons Bay, 48-42, for a regional title last Friday. The Wolverines recorded their first two playoff wins in program history this fall and have scored 50 or more points in all 11 games, including a 72-28 win over Deckerville. This is the first meeting between the two.
8-Player Division 2
Friday, Nov. 9
Cedarville (7-4) at Rapid River (8-3) – Cedarville is in the state semifinals for the first time since 2015 and faces a Rapid River team it lost to in Week 7, 28-20, after holding a 20-8 lead. The Rockets are coming off a 40-34 win over defending state champion Crystal Falls Forest Park and is in the semifinals for the first time since reaching the 2013 title game. The Trojans hold the all-time series lead at 12-11.
Saturday, Nov. 10
Portland St. Patrick (7-4) at Onekama (9-2) – Fresh off winning its first-ever regional championship, Onekama faces reigning state runner-up Portland St. Patrick. The Shamrocks are making their third state semifinal appearance at the 8-player level and have won four straight after starting the year at 3-4. Onekama rolled to a 52-0 win over Brethren last week while St. Patrick is in the playoffs for a seventh straight year. This marks the first meeting between the two.

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