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Friday Blitz: Playoff race continues to heat up

By: Zachary Manning | Online Only | Published October 2, 2019

 West Bloomfield High's Donovan Edwards carries the ball in a game earlier this year. West Bloomfield is 4-1 this season.

West Bloomfield High's Donovan Edwards carries the ball in a game earlier this year. West Bloomfield is 4-1 this season.

Photo by Donna Agusti

The football season is coming down to the wire, as schools can clinch postseason berths with wins this week. Anyone with six wins is automatically qualified, but teams with five wins could also sneak in. 

Following is a breakdown of some of the key matchups to watch in the C & G Sports coverage area. 

Keeping pace in the OAA Red

Rochester Adams (4-1) vs. West Bloomfield High (4-1) –– 7 p.m. Oct. 4

West Bloomfield is undefeated in Oakland Activities Association Red play, while Adams has just one loss (Lake Orion High). The Lakers gutted out a 59-52 win in four overtimes last week against Lake Orion. Adams knocked off Birmingham Seaholm 17-6. A win for Adams would mean keeping pace in the conference. A win for West Bloomfield would keep them as the only unbeaten team in the league and move them closer to a playoff spot. Both teams have been strong defensively, so finding enough offense could be key. 

MIAC Battle

Lutheran Westland (0-5) vs. Southfield Christian (3-2) –– 7 p.m. Oct. 4 at Hurley Field

Southfield Christian hasn’t made the playoffs since 2013 but finds itself in a spot to get back to postseason play. The Eagles knocked off Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest 20-14 last week and are 2-1 in Michigan Independent Athletic Conference play. The Eagles have lost three straight games against Lutheran Westland, including last year’s 21-7 defeat. 

Rivalry showdown 

Walled Lake Central (0-5) vs. Walled Lake Northern (2-3) –– 7 p.m. Oct. 4

Northern has had Central’s number over the last few years, winning the last four meetings. Central is coming off of a loss to Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood, while Northern fell to South Lyon High. Both teams will be looking to end losing streaks, as Central has lost five straight to open the season, while Northern has dropped three straight after starting 2-0.