Top 5 Area Games: Playoffs – Second Round

The 2021 high school football postseason continues Friday with several intriguing second-round matchups on tap in northern Michigan.

Division 3 District Final
No. 3 Mt. Pleasant (10-0) at No. 2 DeWitt (9-1), 7 p.m. – Mt. Pleasant is enjoying its best season since 2018 and eyeing its first district championship since 2015. A tough matchup with defending state champion DeWitt awaits. Both teams have been on a roll, and DeWitt last failed to reach the regional round in 2015. DeWitt leads the all-time series at 2-0.

Division 5 District Final
Clare (7-3) at No. 7 Kingsley (9-1), 7 p.m. – Two playoff-tested programs. Clare stunned undefeated Gladwin a week ago by rolling to a 32-12 win, while Kingsley brushed off a slow start en route to a 28-10 win over Kingsford. This one is a tossup. The winner faces either Saginaw Swan Valley or Frankenmuth next week. This is the first-ever meeting between these two.

Division 6 District Final
Montague (7-3) at No. 5 Reed City (9-1), 7 p.m. – The Coyotes have their sights set on a fifth district championship since 2016. Reed City has been largely unchallenged since an 18-12 win over Tri County in Week 3. Defending state champion Montague dropped its final two regular season games against playoff teams Whitehall and Portland before rolling to a 34-point win over Central Montcalm last week. Montague has dominated the series, holding a 10-1 advantage. Reed City’s lone win in the series was in 2018.

8-Player Division 1 Regional Final
No. 9 Inland Lakes (10-0) at No. 4 Suttons Bay (10-0), 7 p.m. – This meeting was set to take place last year in a Division 1 semifinal, but Inland Lakes was forced to forfeit due to COVID-19 issues. Suttons Bay is going for its third straight semifinal appearance while Inland Lakes is eyeing its second-ever semifinal appearance. This is the first on-field meeting since 2002. Suttons Bay leads the all-time series at 3-2.

8-Player Division 1 Regional Final
Rudyard (8-2) at Newberry (8-2), 7 p.m. – A Week 5 rematch that saw Newberry come away with a 34-28 victory, a win by either team Friday has historic implications. Newberry is seeking its first semifinal berth since 2004 while Rudyard hasn’t made a semifinal appearance since reaching the 1982 Class D state final. The Bulldogs have won four straight while Newberry has won three straight. Newberry is 36-19 against Rudyard since 1950.

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