The football season is over for the Lakeview Wildcats and Central Montcalm Hornets. The Wildcats (7-3) qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2006, but lost in the first round to Maple City Glen Lake. Central Montcalm did not qualify for the postseason and finished 4-5 overall.
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The 2013 Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) football playoffs begin on Friday night. On Sunday, the 256-team field was announced live on Fox Sports Detroit. This year, three area teams qualified for the postseason and will continue their seasons.
A year ago, the Lakeview Wildcats fell one win shy of an automatic berth into the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) football playoffs. With one week remaining this season, the Wildcats won’t have to worry about their week nine result in the same manner. With last weeks 42-8 win at home against White Cloud, the Wildcats earned their sixth win of the season and with that the coveted automatic berth into the playoffs.
Lakeview’s quick start over Central Montcalm led to a big win Friday night. The Wildcats scored the five of the first six touchdowns of the game and cruised to a 46-26 win over the Green Hornets Friday.
Lakeview’s offense was unstoppable, its was defense just as good. The combination of the Wildcats offense and defense led to a dominating 52-6 homecoming victory over CSAA rival Hesperia on Saturday afternoon at Kos Field.
It didn’t take long for the Lakeview Wildcats soccer team to take control. Lakeview senior David Wheeler was able to knock in a goal just five minutes into the game against the Tri County Vikings on Tuesday evening in a nonleague 2-1 victory at home.
For nearly 70 minutes, the Lakeview Wildcats and Big Rapids Cardinals battled to a scoreless tie. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, the Cardinals would score twice in an 8:42 time frame to earn a 2-0 CSAA road win Tuesday evening. The Cardinals (9-4-1, 4-0) are now in the drivers seat to win the league championship.
For nearly 45 minutes, the Lakeview Wildcats were on its way to a season opening, third consecutive victory. If only, the final three minutes were different. With Lakeview punting from its own 39-yard line, the snap sailed high and punter Brandon Bisel could not corral the ball. The Newaygo Lions recovered on the Wildcats’ 25-yard line with just 3:16 remaining in the game.
Lakeview’s soccer team had been working on trying to get more offense going in their opponent’s zone. If their game against Newaygo was any indication, the message got through.
The high school football season is officially underway. Today, across the state, is the first day of two-a-day practices, with the first game less than three weeks away. One area team got things started at the first possible moment.