CARSON CITY — The road back to the playoffs for Carson City-Crystal’s football team will look rather familiar.
It’s because the Eagles, who went to the playoffs for the first time last year since 1999, will have met many of the same opponents they faced last year en route to a 7-3 season and a playoff appearance – and in the same order.
Like last year, CC-C will start the season with Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary, but this time the Eagles will be the home team. The Cardinals beat the Eagles 41-6 in Saginaw in the previous meeting.
Also like last year, the Eagles will them face two teams from the Mid-State Activities Conference North Division. CC-C was 2-0 and outscored their two opponents last season by a combined 156-0.
This year’s two crossover opponents are Manistee Catholic Central and Baldwin. Those two teams were a combined 0-4 against the South Division last year, although Baldwin’s losses were the only two on their regular-season schedule.
Then comes the conference schedule, which will go in the exact same order as last year.
Vestaburg leads off, having lost to the Eagles 28-13 last season. Coleman and Montabella follow, with both of those teams also losing to CC-C.
The only loss in the South Division for the Eagles was Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart, who has gone to the playoffs in seven of the last eight years, winning the Division 8 title in 2010.
Ashley wraps up the conference schedule in week 8. The Bears have won just six games in two years after making the playoffs in 2010 for the first time since 2004.
The final game will be the same Potterville team that lost to the Eagles 36-0 last season but has a 4-2 record all-time against CC-C, having lost the last two games. Since making the playoffs in 2009 the Vikings have won just four games in three years.