Northern Michigan Football 2019: By the Numbers
A new season of high school football kicks off Thursday, Aug. 29, and to preview the fall, we’re looking at some interesting storylines for the 2019 campaign.
- Pickford enters the 2019 season on a 24-game regular-season win streak. The Panthers have posted consecutive 9-0 regular seasons and have not lost a regular-season contest since a 42-32 loss to Engadine in Week 3 of the 2016 season.
- Lake City has won 18 straight regular-season games and enters the fall having made consecutive trips to the Division 7 state semifinals.
- Reed City has won 61 of its last 62 Central State Activities Association games and hasn’t dropped a league contest since a 14-6 loss to Newaygo in Week 3 of the 2014 season. The Coyotes have won at least a share of every conference championship since 2011.
- Cedarville has made 15 consecutive playoff appearances since 2004, with the last seven coming at the 8-player
level. The 2014 8-player state runner-up has made the 8-player postseason each year since the MHSAA began sponsoring a tournament in 2011.
- The 8-player game continues to expand, as 76 teams, including 28 in the area, sponsor the sport. Gaylord St. Mary, Newberry, Mio and Vestaburg are the latest area schools to make the move from 11-man to 8-player.
- Of the area programs that have sponsored 8- or 11-player football for at least one season, four are still seeking their first playoff bid. Hart is the lone 11-player team that has yet to make the postseason. Charlton Heston Academy (first season in 2014), Bear Lake (first season in 2017) and Pellston are the three 8-player programs that are looking to reach the playoffs for the first time this fall.
- Of the 76 teams that sponsor 8-player football in the state, Posen has the fourth smallest enrollment with 71 students. The Michigan School for the Deaf in Flint has the smallest enrollment of 41 students.