Top 5 Area Games: Playoffs – Third Round

The first trophies are up for grabs this week in the 2020 high school football postseason as 11-player district finals and 8-player regional finals are on tap.

Friday, Nov. 13
Division 2 District Final
Traverse City Central (7-1) at Midland (8-0), 7 p.m. – Central is seeking its first district title since 2017 and second straight 8-win campaign. The Trojans have outscored their first two playoff opponents a combined 130-20. Midland is two years removed from a Division 2 state semifinal appearance and beat rival Midland Dow 31-15 in last week’s district semifinal. These two last met in the Division 2 playoffs in 2017, with Central coming away with a 21-13 win.

Friday, Nov. 13
8-Player Division 1 Regional Final
Gaylord St. Mary (7-1) at Suttons Bay (8-0), 7 p.m. – A rematch of last year’s regional semifinal, Suttons Bay has won 20 games over the last seasons. After a wild 86-54 win over Central Lake in the opening round, St. Mary cruised to a 44-14 win over Mesick last week while Suttons Bay rolled to a 44-0 shutout of Whittemore-Prescott. Suttons Bay leads the all-time series at 5-1.

Friday, Nov. 13
8-Player Division 1 Regional Final
Inland Lakes (7-1) at Pickford (7-1), 7 p.m. – A meeting of former Ski Valley Conference foes, Pickford is searching for its fifth straight regional championship while Inland Lakes has never won a postseason title. The Bulldogs shrugged off back-to-back winless campaigns with a big 46-18 win over previously unbeaten Pellston last week. Pickford cruised to a 63-7 win over Newberry in the regional semifinals. These two last met in 2014. Inland Lakes leads the all-time series at 3-1.

Friday, Nov. 13
Division 8 District Final
Beal City (7-1) at Johannesburg-Lewiston (8-0), 7 p.m. – A rematch of a 2019 Division 8 district final, a win for Beal City on Friday would give the Aggies their second district title since 2014 while Johannesburg-Lewiston is seeking its first district championship since 2012. The Aggies are 4-0 all-time against the Cardinals, with all four prior meetings taking place in the postseason. After rolling to a 49-16 win over Alcona in the first round, Johannesburg-Lewiston was awarded a forfeit win last week against Frankfort. The Cardinals have not faced much of a challenge this fall, outscoring opponents 361-77.

Friday, Nov. 13
Division 7 District Final
Traverse City St. Francis (6-2) at Charlevoix (8-0), 7 p.m. – Charlevoix is on the cusp of winning its first district championship. After going 1-8 two years ago, the Rayders rebounded last fall for a 7-4 campaign, capped off by winning the program’s first playoff game. Charlevoix followed up that 2019 season with an undefeated 2020 regular season and its first league title since 2000. St. Francis has dominated this series between old Lake Michigan Conference foes, holding a 22-4-1 record since 1950.

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