The regular season is over. Only two city teams made the postseason, a low number compared to previous years. But overall, nine area teams are in the MHSAA football playoffs, which start Friday.
So now we ask, what happened last week, what happens next?
And what does it mean?
Each week, the Enquirer’s Bill Broderick will break that down on Mondays, handing out some analysis on what all the results mean from the weekend of prep football and what to look for next.
Prep football pairings announced for area teams
In the city
St. Philip: No. 3-rankedSt. Philip defeated the No. 2 team in the state in Lawrence, 47-44. Lawrence had beaten St. Philip three straight times and had knocked the Tigers out of the postseason in each of the last two years. The win gave St. Philip and undefeated regular season for the second time in three years.
No. 3 St. Philip hangs on to beat No. 2 Lawrence, 47-44
Next: St. Philip is in the playoffs for the fourth straight season, matching the best string by the school since the Tigers went four straight years from 1995-1998. St. Philip will host Portland St. Patrick (6-3) 7 p.m. Friday at C.W. Post Field in the first round. The Tigers beat Portland St. Patrick in Week 8 of the regular season, 45-20. Looking ahead, if St. Philip wins it could see Lawrence right away again in the second round. Lawrence plays Waldron in the first round with the winner advancing to possibly play St. Philip. The Tigers beat both of those teams in the regular season and would get a second-round game at home.
Lakeview wins 3rd straight title, clinches playoff spot
Lakeview: Lakeview ended the regular season with a 51-6 win over Gull Lake to go 6-3. The Spartans clinched a playoff spot in the final week and earned a share of the Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference East Division. It is the third-straight division title for the Spartans.
Next: Lakeview will go on the road to face perennial power Lowell in a 7 p.m. Friday game in the Division 2 playoffs. It is the fourth straight year in the playoffs for Lakeview, the longest run of success at the school. The Spartans made it to the third round of the postseason last year. Lowell went 8-1 on the year, winning the competitive OK White Conference from the Grand Rapids area. The Red Arrows advanced to the third round of the playoffs last season and have a history of long runs, making it to the state finals in three straight seasons from 2009-2011. If Lakeview advances it could see division-rival Portage Central or Byron Center, which is coached by former Lakeview head coach Marc Cisco.
Battle Creek Central: BCC ended the season on a positive note with a 43-14 win over Loy Norrix. With the win, the Bearcats clinched a share of the SMAC East Division title, along with Lakeview and Mattawan – all at 4-1. With a 4-5 overall record, BCC did not make the playoffs.
Harper Creek: Harper Creek lost in a non-conference contest to Lansing Everett, 25-7. The Beavers end the season at 3-6 and did not make the postseason.
Pennfield: Pennfield lost in a non-conference game to Olivet, 49-26. The Panthers end the season at 3-6 and did not make the postseason.
Around the Area: Seven other area teams also made the playoffs, with matchups announced Sunday night. Times and dates were announced Monday.
Division 3: Parma Western (6-3) at Coldwater (9-0), TBA
Division 3: Vicksburg (7-2) at Marshall (7-2), 1 p.m. Saturday
Division 5: Olivet (6-3) at Berrien Springs (8-1), 7 p.m. Friday
Division 6: Delton Kellogg (5-4) at Montague (9-0), TBA
Division 7: Springport (5-4) at Homer (7-2), TBA
Division 8: Mendon (6-3) at Climax-Scotts (9-0), TBA
Division 8: Colon (6-3) at Pittsford (6-3), TBA