The Ravenna Bulldogs were a little more physical and a little more athletic than the Carson City-Crystal Eagles. On Saturday, in the first round of the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 6 football playoffs, the Bulldogs, behind the effort of running back David Thompson, defeated the Eagles 42-14 to advance to the district final.
Turnovers are hard to overcome. Seven turnovers are virtually insurmountable. On Friday, the Chippewa Hills Warriors used a dominant defensive performance and special teams to set up its offense in a 41- 0 shutout win over the Lakeview Wildcats in the opening round of the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 5 playoffs.
Unlike last year, the Lakeview Wildcats are familiar with their first round playoff opponent (Maple City Glen Lake). The Wildcats (8-1) will travel to face former CSAA rival Chippewa Hills (7-2) tonight in the first round of the Division 6 football playoffs. The two teams spent the past nine years together in the same league. This year, the league was split into two divisions, with the Wildcats in the Silver and the Warriors in the Gold.
The Montabella Mustangs have been in playoff mode for the past three weeks. After back-to-back losses to Carson City-Crystal and Coleman, the Mustangs’ record stood at 4-3. Six wins guaranteed a playoff spot, meaning Montabella needed to win its final two games to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
Michael Redell knows a thing or two about basketball. The 2004 Rockford High School graduate was a star player for the 2003 undefeated Class A state champion Rams (28-0). Redell played collegiately at Cleveland State University for a season before transferring to Western Michigan University to finish his career.
The Road to Ford Field begins on Friday/Saturday night for four area football teams. Pairings (games times to be decided later today) were announced on Sunday night with Lakeview (8-1), Central Montcalm (5-4), Carson City-Crystal (7-2) and Montabella (6-3) all getting the chance to play a 10th game this season.
Eric Plate’s interception in the final seconds sent the Greenville Yellow Jackets sideline and crowd into a wild victory celebration. The 24-14 win over O-K Bronze rival Northview on Friday night didn’t give the Yellow Jackets a conference title. The win didn’t qualify the Yellow Jackets for the postseason.
The Lakeview Wildcats have already clinched a playoff berth and were crowned CSAA-Silver champions. With one regular season game remaining they still have plenty to play for. Wildcats senior John Zuluaga-Torres is ready to help his team reach their goals.
Central Montcalm running back Trenton Braman is nearing 1,000 yards rushing as a junior. His focus, though, is beating the Lakeview Wildcats on Friday. The Green Hornets are in a position where they control their own destiny. It’s simple, beat the Wildcats, and qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2010.
As many of us hunters who have tromped the woods for years now feel, it isn’t so much the success of finding and killing game but just being out there and enjoying the chase that is really the thing. Yes, I’m getting up there in years and it is the case with me.