Top 5 Area Games: Playoffs – Second Round

After a relatively predictable opening round of the 2020 high school football playoffs, this week delivers several promising matchups.

Friday, Nov. 6
Division 7 District Semifinal
Oscoda (7-0) at Beaverton (7-0), 7 p.m. – Oscoda has pitched six shutouts this fall and surrendered just six points in a win over Houghton Lake in Week 6, but this will be the biggest test for the Owls to date. The Beavers themselves have shut out four opponents, including a 35-0 win over Pine River last week. A win for Beaverton puts it in the district finals for a third straight year while Oscoda has not made a district final since 2000. This is the first meeting in this series.

Friday, Nov. 6
Division 8 District Semifinal
Breckenridge (6-1) at Beal City (6-1), 7 p.m. – A meeting of the last two Division 8 state runners-up, these two have never met prior to this week. Beal City handed Coleman a 56-0 loss last week while Breckenridge dropped Highland Conference foe Manton, 57-24. The only loss for the Huskies was a 52-20 defeat to two-time defending Division 8 state champion Reading in Week 2. The winner gets Johannesburg-Lewiston in next week’s district final.

Friday, Nov. 6
Division 1 District Semifinal
Traverse City West (6-1) at Grandville (6-1), 7 p.m. – This marks the first meeting between these two since 2009. West rolled to a 65-13 win over Grand Rapids Union last week while Grandville has put up 50-plus points in four games this season. The only blemish for the Bulldogs was a 28-8 loss to Rockford in Week 6. Grandville leads the all-time series at 7-0.

Saturday, Nov. 7
Division 6 District Semifinal
Clare (7-0) at Montague (7-0), 1 p.m. – There’s a strong chance the winner of this matchup continues a deep postseason run. Neither team has difficulty scoring. Montague made the Division 6 state semifinals a year ago while Clare is in search of its first district championship since 2012. This marks the first meeting between the two since a 2008 Division 6 district final. Montague won that meeting 13-10. Either Muskegon Catholic Central or Harrison await the winner of this one.

Saturday, Nov. 7
Division 3 District Semifinal
Marquette (6-1) at Mt. Pleasant (6-1), 2 p.m.. – Mt. Pleasant is in search of its first district championship since 2015 and faces a Marquette it last met in the Division 3 postseason in 2014. The Oilers picked up a forfeit win over Gaylord last week while the Redmen cruised to a 38-0 win over Muskegon Reeths-Puffer. Marquette has won five straight since a loss to Sault Ste. Marie in Week 2. The Oilers won the only prior meeting between these, 40-14, in 2014.

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