Glen Lake, Harrison Prep for 1st Meeting with District Title on the Line
MAPLE CITY – As the 2019 high school football postseason continues this week, 11-player district championships will be awarded Friday and Saturday.
After rolling past rival Clare last week for its first playoff win since 1999, Harrison (6-4) travels north on Friday to Glen Lake (9-1) seeking its program’s first district title in the inaugural meeting between the two schools.
“We’re pretty exciting,” Harrison senior Cameron Ashcroft said. “The regular year or season, it wasn’t as perfect as we wanted it to be. Our goal was to win a conference championship, we haven’t done that in a while. And then when we got to the playoffs, we wanted to win the first playoff game since ’99 and now that we did that, for the first time in 20 years, that just feels beyond amazing. But we just can’t feel accomplished, we have to keep going.”
Glen Lake is in the playoffs for the fifth straight year but is eyeing its first district championship since reaching the 2016 Division 6 state finals.
“I’d say the goal in any season is to still be playing at this point,” Glen Lake senior Keegan Royston said. “As always it would feel good to bring that home to our community after Friday.”
After starting the year 3-1, Harrison dropped three of its final five regular season games before avenging a Week 3 loss to Clare with a 32-point victory last week – the first win in the series since 2015.
Glen Lake is in a district final for the second time in three years and fifth since 2012. The Lakers overcame a slow start to hand Lake City a 30-19 loss last week and have now won three straight since dropping a 53-14 matchup to Kingsley in Week 7.
“It’s going to be big on big,” Glen Lake coach Jerry Angers said of Friday’s game. “They’ve got some big kids, we’ve got some big kids. Their tackles or guards, we can go big, we can go small with them.”
The winner of Friday’s contest will face either Calumet (9-1) or Menominee (7-4) for a Division 6regional title next week.
Friday’s game kicks off at 7 p.m.