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Sandusky, Algonac first to punch playoff tickets | USA Today High School Sports

Two Blue Water Area teams clinched playoff berths on Friday night, as Algonac and Sandusky each improved to 6-0 on the season.

For Sandusky, it’s a second straight trip to the postseason, as they won five straight games a year ago to qualify. Sandusky has now won 11 straight regular-season games after its 42-6 win against rival Marlette.

Algonac is headed to the postseason for the first time since 2005. The Muskrats — who are 6-0 for the first time since 1972 — defeated Croswell-Lexington 33-21 on Friday to remain undefeated.

“I’m in such a good mood right now,” Algonac back Shane Asselin said. “The feeling is overwhelming, I can’t even put it in words. Going from 1-8 last year to going to playoffs is just unbelievable.”

One area team — Richmond — is one win away from clinching a playoff spot, as Richmond improved to 5-1 with its 55-0 rout of Armada. Port Huron Northern, Croswell-Lexington and Marysville each have four wins, while Marine City and Marlette each have three.

Brown City, Port Huron and St. Clair each suffered their fourth losses Friday night, ending their chances of getting an automatic playoff berth.

Deckerville and Peck each are 5-1, and are almost assuredly headed to the postseason. There is no automatic six-win rule in 8-man football.

Conference race update

Sandusky remains in the driver’s seat in the Greater Thumb Conference East Division, as it is the only unbeaten team (3-0) in league play. Brown City, Ubly and Harbor Beach are each 2-1, and the Redskins already have wins against Ubly and Harbor Beach.

The Blue Water Area Conference, meanwhile, will see its latest game of the season in Week 7 when Algonac and Almont meet in a battle of unbeatens. Richmond is still lingering with one conference loss.

In the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division, Sterling Heights is the lone remaining undefeated team in conference play, as the Stallions improved to 3-0 with a win against Marine City. The Mariners, Port Huron Northern and Marysville are all at 2-1, and the Huskies and Vikings each have a shot at Sterling Heights ahead of them.

Deckerville and Peck are both unbeaten in North Central Thumb League play, and will meet in Week 8 in a game that will decide the conference title.

Gleason stays hot

For the third straight week, St. Clair’s Riley Gleason scored at least three touchdowns.

The senior running back had two rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown, giving him 11 total touchdowns in the past three weeks.

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