Mid-October means a few things for a prep sports writer.
It’s time to start dressing a little warmer when you cover things. Player and coach of the year awards start becoming part of your daily thinking process. And after you check your email every day, you check Snooze2you.com to see potential playoff matchups for your area teams.
Snooze, as the man who runs the site goes by online, is the Joe Lunardi – ESPN’s Bracketologist – of Michigan high school football, putting out his Mapetology weekly from Week 3 through Week 9.
For the first several weeks, it’s a fun look at where teams might end up. In the final two – including a midweek update prior to the final games of the regular season – players, coaches, fans and press view it as gospel, as it very often is close to what the MHSAA winds up doing.
The pairings are set up if the season were to end now, so other than the “Favorites Win” update between weeks 8 and 9, winners aren’t being projected. In this week’s Mapetology, nine area teams are listed.
In Division 4, Snooze has Marysville as the No. 1 seed in Region 3, District 1. The Vikings would play Croswell-Lexington in one district game, while Richmond would host Goodrich in the other. Marysville has a small edge on Richmond in playoff points despite the Blue Devils’ victory when they met in Week 1.
Division 5 could produce a rematch, as Algonac would host Marine City in the first round of the latest Snooze projections. The Muskrats have a big playoff-point advantage on the rest of the teams projected for Region 4, which could mean three home playoff games. Almont would host Clintondale in the other district game.
Sandusky appears on its way to a No. 1 seed in Division 7. In the latest projections, the Redskins would play Marlette, with Ubly hosting Cass City in the other district semifinal. The region projection is a tough one, as the other district includes, New Lothrop, Unionville-Sebewaing, Flint Beecher and Saginaw Nouvel.
Snooze’s 8-man projection has Deckerville hosting Peck in the first round of the playoffs, with the winner playing either Morrice – which has defeated both teams – or New Haven Merritt. Deckerville and Peck play at Peck Friday in a game that not only will decide the North Central Thumb League, but could also determine home-field advantage for the first round of the playoffs. Although, I imagine the 8-man map is hard to figure out as all of the teams are so spaced out throughout the upper and lower peninsulas.
Go to the site and take a look around at all of Snooze’s projections. It’s fun to see possible matchups not just for the first round, but what teams could see down the road. If you want to be notified when the maps come out, follow Snooze on Twitter @Snooze2you, or find him on Facebook. He’s a must-follow for any high school football fan.
Paul’s Top 10
1. Algonac, 7-0
2. Richmond, 6-1
3. Sandusky, 7-0
4. Croswell-Lexington, 5-2
5. Marine City, 4-3
6. Marysville, 5-2
7. Port Huron Northern, 4-3
8. Port Huron, 2-5
9. St. Clair, 3-4
10. Yale, 2-5
Contact Paul Costanzo at (810) 989-6251 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @PaulCostanzo.