Cadillac Rides Historic Season to Ford Field

The Cadillac football program’s historic season continues this week on the state’s biggest stage.

Cadillac Football 1The Vikings (8-2) will make their first-ever appearance in a MHSAA state championship game when they take on Detroit Country Day (8-2) in the Division 4 final Friday evening at Ford Field in Detroit.

On the heels of winning its first district championship since 2013 last year, Cadillac captured its first regional title in program history with a 27-23 come-from-behind win over Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern two weeks ago and pulled off a stunning 28-26 victory over 2018 Division 4 state champion in last week’s state semifinal.

“Just to be a part of school history is definitely gonna be really surreal and it will be something I will be able to tell for the rest of my life, tell my grandkids or whatever when I’m 80, I mean it’s just gonna feel really good,” Cadillac senior Lucas Enyeart said. “Who knows how long until we’ll have the next one. It’s just a good feeling to know we can be the first in a long time, 30 years.”

Cadillac’s Road to Ford Field
Alpena 27-0
Gaylord 21-7
Traverse City Central 17-41
Petoskey 27-14
Traverse City West 27-45
Gaylord 51-14
Alma 2-0
Sault Ste. Marie 34-14
Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern 27-23
Edwardsburg 28-26

Country Day is no stranger to the state’s biggest stage, having appeared previously appeared in nine state finals including last year’s Division 4 final where it lost 44-0 to Grand Rapids Catholic Central. The Yellowjackets won state championships in 1999 (Division 5), 1995 (Class B) and 1986 (Class C) but have never won at Ford Field.

“We’re just doing what got us here and so we’re not pressing to do more,” coach Cody Mallory said. “I already feel like we prep as hard as we can for every game. We got to shutdown that external stuff and at the end of the day you know we need to make sure that we stay focus and don’t get lost in all that.”

Detroit Country Day’s Road to Ford Field
Detroit Jesuit 21-12
Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 10-0
Armada 0-2
Paw Paw 37-17
Birmingham Brother Rice 13-23
Detroit Henry Ford 41-12
Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 21-14
Madison Heights Lamphere 20-10
North Branch 38-0
Williamston 12-0

Cadillac Football 3Coach Mallory is also in the running for the 2020 Detroit Lions Michigan High School Football Coach of the Year. Mallory and Traverse City St. Francis coach Josh Sellers are among 18 finalists for the award.

The winning coach will receive a $3,000 donation for his school’s football program and will be nominated for the Don Shula High School Football Coach of the Year award.

You can vote by clicking here.

Fans can vote until 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23.

Kickoff for Friday’s Division 4 state final is set for 7:30 p.m.

Stay with MISportsNow and 9&10 News for continuing coverage of Cadillac’s run to the state championship game.

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