Harbor Springs, Charlevoix Prep to Close Out Regular Season

HARBOR SPRINGS – As the high school football regular season comes to a close this week, area teams are jockeying for playoff berths and seeding.

In Harbor Springs, the Rams (6-2) welcome in a Charlevoix (5-3) program eyeing its first playoff bid since 2016. The hosts have already secured a playoff spot in consecutive years for just the second time in team history.

After going 1-8 a season ago and a combined 4-14 over the last two years, Charlevoix has turned it around this fall in its second stint under coach Don Jess.

“I think we have a really good chance of hosting a playoff game if we win Friday night,” Harbor Springs coach Rob Walker said. “We’ve never had that in Harbor Springs and we would love to be the first team to do that.”

Runners-up to Johannesburg-Lewiston in the Northern Michigan Football League Legacy division for a second straight year, Harbor Springs has won five of its last six and is seeking its second consecutive seven-win campaign.

Harbor Springs has secured a playoff spot in consecutive years for just the second time in team history.

“Once the game plays, we’ll just unleash and go all out,” Harbor Springs senior Connor Williams said. “I think just preparation is key. If we get prepared we’ll do our thing and we can get on a roll.”

After going 1-8 a season ago and a combined 4-14 over the last two years, Charlevoix has turned it around this fall in its second stint under coach Don Jess.

“They’re (Harbor Springs) definitely fundamentally sound,” Jess said. “Their coach does a great job of getting them ready every week and they’ve got some athletes, definitely got some weapons on both sides of the ball. Our offense is balanced we can come at you in a lot of different ways defensively we play tenacious our kids really get after it and they’re fun to watch.”

Despite dropping last year’s meeting, Charlevoix has long dominated the series, holding a 31-11-2 record since 1950.

Friday’s kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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