Cedarville Looks to Avenge Homecoming Loss, Punch State Finals Ticket
CEDARVILLE – The Cedarville football team looks to continue its postseason run this week against conference foe Rapid River.
After dropping three of their final five regular-season games, the Trojans (7-4) ran off two dominant wins over Hillman (44-6) and Posen (44-0) to win their first regional championship since 2015.
Now Cedarville will travel to Rapid River (8-3) on Friday in an 8-player Division 2 state semifinal.
“With the playoffs, we’re going to have be a lot more mentally prepared than we were,” Cedarville quarterback Tristan Masuga said. “I think our team is obviously doing a lot better with penalties and turnovers. We just have to keep it up and if we do, we have a good chance of winning.”
Cedarville is in an 8-player semifinal for the first time since 2015 and third since reaching the state title game in 2014.
Friday’s contest is a rematch of a Week 7 tilt which saw Rapid River rally from a 20-6 halftime deficit to spoil Cedarville’s homecoming with a 28-20 defeat.
“We looked at film the following day and knew that that game probably should have been ours,” Cedarville coach Scott Barr said of the homecoming loss. “We’re definitely more focused now. We’re going to use that as motivation. And you hope that the outcome is certainly different.”
The winner of Friday’s contest will face either Onekama (9-2) or Portland St. Patrick (7-4) in the state title game on Saturday, Nov. 17 at Northern Michigan’s Superior Dome.
Friday’s game kicks off at 7 p.m.