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Lakeview senior quarterback Nate Shurlow (9) evades Chippewa Hills senior linebacker Eric Russell (60) en route to a 36-yard run for a first down Friday evening at Warrior Field in Remus. - Daily News/Cory Smith

Turnovers haunt Wildcats in 41-0 loss to Chip Hills

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.

The Lakeview Wildcats take offensive reps during a practice last week. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Lakeview set to face Chippewa Hills

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.

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THE REVIEW: Rebuilding a roster

It was a dream lineup. Some of the league’s hottest hitters all together under the same roof, sporting the storied English D. What was predicted to be a dominating season would ultimately take an unfortunate turn for the Detroit Tigers and thanks to a midseason unraveling, 1984 would continue to hold its place in the franchise’s history.

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Four area teams qualify for football playoffs

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.

Lakeview quarterback Nate Shurlow (9) fends off Central Montcalm defender Todd Switzer (3) en route to running for a first down in the first quarter Friday evening. - Daily News/Cory Smith

Lakeview wins thriller over rival Central Montcalm

Fighting for its playoff life, the stakes were certainly higher for Central Montcalm than they were for visiting Lakeview in Friday’s final football game of the regular season. The mistakes were just too much for Central Montcalm to overcome.

Lakeview senior John Zuluaga-Torres fakes a handoff from quarterback Nate Shurlow duing practice on Thursday at Kos Field. Lakeview is 7-1 overall. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Zuluaga-Torres ready for rival Central Montcalm

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’s Blake Wittkopp, left, makes a catch during practice on Thursday. The Hornets were preparing for Friday’s home game against rival Lakeview. - Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm, Lakeview have own motivations for game

Central Montcalm and Lakeview will renew a football rivalry on Friday night with a lot at stake. Each team has their own motivation for wanting to win the game. For the Green Hornets (5-3), it’s getting that sixth win to make the playoffs. For the Wildcats (7-1), it’s being 8-1 for the first time since 1976.

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THE REVIEW: Rebuilding a kicker

It’s been over 20 years since the Detroit Lions and their fans have had to even entertain the thought of a struggle in their kicking game. They’ve more than made up for it by experiencing difficulty in other areas, as we all know.

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SPORTS GALORE: Margin for error is gone in playoff push

The Lakeview Wildcats will be one of 256 teams playing for a coveted football state championship beginning on Oct. 31. Lakeview’s win at Hesperia last week guaranteed the Wildcats (6-1 overall) a second consecutive trip to the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) football playoffs.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, Oct. 14

Volleyball Greenville 3, Cedar Springs 0: The Yellow Jackets continued their dominance over the Red Hawks with a straight-game win 25-19, 25-11, 25-21 Tuesday night in Cedar Springs. Paige Hallock had 10 kills and four blocks for Greenville, Katherine Stidham had 10 digs, Kaylee Wilcox dished out 13 assists and Riley Jenks made six kills. [...]