Kingsley Preps for Lansing CC, D5 State Semis
KINGSLEY – For the first time since winning the MHSAA Division 6 state championship in 2005, the Kingsley football team finds itself back in a state semifinal.
The Stags (12-0) will face off against Lansing Catholic Central (11-1) at Greenville High School in a Division 5 state semifinal on Saturday.
Kingsley is making its second semifinal appearance in program history following playoff wins over Reed City (48-36), Muskegon Oakridge (51-34) and Freeland (43-21).
“When you get to this point, you’re in the semifinals, you’re one of the top four teams in the state, and everybody’s going to be good,” Kingsley coach Tim Wooer said. “They’ve (Lansing Catholic Central) got a great quarterback. Great group of receivers. They’re big and athletic and we haven’t really seen that combination yet. I like our kids. I like our team. I know we’ll show up and play. They’ll lay it all on the line. There’s no doubt about that.”
Catholic Central is making its first semifinal appearance since 2015 after claiming its fourth regional championship since 2011 with a 40-13 win over Kalamazoo United last Friday. The Cougars finished runner-up in Division 5 in 2014 and 2011 and won the 1986 Class C state title.
Catholic Central has recorded playoff wins over Olivet (28-21), Portland (21-0) and Kalamazoo United, with the Cougars avenging their lone loss of the season in the shutout of Portland.
The victor of Saturday’s game awaits the winner of the second semifinal between Detroit Denby (10-2) and Almont (12-0).
Saturday’s semifinal from Greenville kicks off at 1 p.m.