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THE REVIEW: Logic and ping pong

Logic is a funny thing in the game of football. It’s that still, small voice reminding you that in order to be successful, it’s all about the numbers. It’s all about the players toting the last names, that dominate jersey sales, being in your starting lineup each Sunday. It’s all about that rookie who brought the rave reviews to the table on draft day living up to the hype of his collegiate reputation

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SPORTS GALORE: Lauren Hill is an inspiration

There is more than just winning and losing when it comes to sports. Despite stories of reckless youth parents, win-at-all-cost college athletic programs and law breaking professional athletes, sports provide us with stories of courage and inspiration.

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THE REVIEW: Motown magic

He wasn’t part of the original plan. No one had expected to discover him. Hockey scouting reports weren’t singing his praises, but as fate would have it, the ambition of a resilient Russian would give just enough of a push to grab the eye of an organization and forever change his future.

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Freeland runs by Central Montcalm 44-16

Central Montcalm’s football team made it to the playoffs, but couldn’t continue on because of a really good team. The Freeland Falcons had no problems with the wind or the Green Hornets, winning the Division 5 contest 44-16 Friday night.

Central Montcalm quarterback Keagan James gets ready to work on a running back drill during practice last week. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm goes on the road to Freeland

Even though they were only 5-4, Central Montcalm’s football team made it to the playoffs. Because of their record, the Green Hornets will go on the road for the first round of the Division 5 playoffs when they go to Freeland to face the Falcons.

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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.

Central Montcalm running back Trenton Braman takes a handoff from quarterback Keagan James during practice on Thursday. - Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm junior nears 1,000 yards rushing

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.

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.