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October 30, 2013

Notre Dame Prep to begin playoff against same team it began season

By Mike Moore
C & G Sports Writer

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Coach Kyle Zimmerman and the Prep football team open the D-4 playoffs at home against Robichaud. Prep beat Robichaud 41-0 in the season opener.

PONTIAC — So we meet again.

Nine weeks later.

When the 2013 regular season began, the Pontiac Notre Dame Prep football team kicked things off with an emphatic and resounding 41-0 victory against Detroit Robichaud.

With the 2013 playoffs set to go, the Fighting Irish hope for more of the same.

“I just don’t expect the same type of game,” Prep coach Kyle Zimmerman said of his team’s Division 4 playoff opener, set for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at home against Robichaud. “They’ve made some big improvements since then. It’s going to be different.”

Only time will tell, but Prep will certainly have some confidence in its favor heading into the rematch.

“I mean, I’m sure they love the shot at us again, but we have to be happy with the side of the fence we’re on and the 41-0 victory to fall back on,” Zimmerman said. “Our guys will be confident.”

Prep finished the regular season 7-2, is heavily favored heading into the game and might have a second-round date with Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day waiting.

Country Day, which takes on Clawson High in its opener, eliminated the Fighting Irish from last year’s postseason with a 14-12 victory in a district final.

Still, Zimmerman doesn’t expect his guys to look past a Robichaud team that started 0-2 but then won six of its final seven games.

“They have a first-year coach, so I know, early on, things probably weren’t working as well as they are now,” Zimmerman said. “Our guys know what it takes to win games like this and not look past anybody. I think the one-and-done format forces that mindset on you.

Each team is making its third consecutive playoff appearance.

Other playoff qualifiers
In Division 1, Rochester Adams and Rochester Hills Stoney Creek both qualified for the playoffs at 6-3 and drew each other in the first round at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at Adams.

Lake Orion High is also in at 7-2 and will host Romeo High (5-4). Game time and date was not available at press time.

In a D-7 pre-regional, Auburn Hills Oakland Christian (5-4) qualified for the playoffs for the first time in program history and will take on Harbor Beach High (8-1) at 7 p.m. Nov. 1.

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