Herbert’s Huddle: It’s now or never with playoff implications on the line

By: Jacob Herbert | Online Only | Published October 9, 2019

 Clawson High quarterback Tristen Perry attempts to shed a tackle in a recent game against Madison Heights Lamphere. At 3-3, the Trojans need to win out to make the playoffs.

Clawson High quarterback Tristen Perry attempts to shed a tackle in a recent game against Madison Heights Lamphere. At 3-3, the Trojans need to win out to make the playoffs.

Photo by Donna Dalziel

 Troy Athens tailback Waides Ashmon carries the ball in a recent game against Rochester High on the road. Ashmon scored six touchdowns in the Red Hawks win.

Troy Athens tailback Waides Ashmon carries the ball in a recent game against Rochester High on the road. Ashmon scored six touchdowns in the Red Hawks win.

Photo by Donna Agusti

 Avondale quarterback Reese Betts hands the ball off in a game earlier this season against North Farmington. Losers of their last two, the Yellow Jackets look to get back on track this week against Ferndale.

Avondale quarterback Reese Betts hands the ball off in a game earlier this season against North Farmington. Losers of their last two, the Yellow Jackets look to get back on track this week against Ferndale.

Photo by Donna Agusti

There are just three weeks left in the regular season. With that, there are plenty of teams across the state sitting at 3-3 overall. As the season begins to fade, following is a look at teams needing to win out to reach the six win mark and make the playoffs. 

Clawson High (3-3) at. Warren Lincoln (3-3) - 7 p.m. Oct. 11

At this exact point in the year last season, Clawson High sat at 3-3 overall. The Trojans then ripped off three straight wins to make the playoffs after two seasons of missing out. Clawson started that playoff push with a 42-0 win over Warren Lincoln. 

Now one year later, the Trojans find themselves in the same situation, needing three wins to play into November. They once again face an Abes team who needs a win just as badly. Lincoln has not made the postseason since 2008 and has had just two winning seasons since.

Coach Darrius Alexander’s team dropped the season’s first three games but stormed back to win the next three, only giving up 26 points in the process. 

Prior to last season, the two teams had not met since 2015. Clawson leads the all time series 19-6.

Birmingham Seaholm (4-2) at Troy Athens (3-3) - 7 p.m. Oct. 11

After winning its first four games of the season, Seaholm has since dropped back to back games to Rochester Adams and Oak Park High. Meanwhile, Athens was able to snap a three game losing streak due to a 44-38 triple overtime win against Rochester High.

Both teams should be desperate for a win for different reasons. With three games remaining, the Red Hawks need to win all three to clinch a playoff berth for the first time since 2011. However, the road ahead does not bode well for Athens. Coach Billy Keenist Jr.’s team has Seaholm, Oak Park High and Pontiac Notre Dame Prep to close out the season, three teams combined for a 14-4 overall record.

The Maples on the other hand have a bit more wiggle room. With four wins on the season, only two more are needed to make the playoffs for a second consecutive year. With rival Birmingham Groves looming next week, a win for Seaholm would prevent it from having to win out to get in.

Auburn Hills Avondale (3-3) at  Ferndale High (2-4) - 7 p.m. Oct. 11

The Yellow Jackets won three of their first four games on the season, but have since come back down to earth at the hands of some tough teams. Avondale fell to North Farmington and Farmington High by a combined score of 107-44. Coach Corey Bell’s team has a chance to get back on the right track against an Eagles team that, despite losing to last year, have a 10-9 all time record against. From there, Avondale faces a 1-5 Berkley High team and 4-2 Seaholm to closes out the regular season.

The road has not been too kind to Ferndale this season. Its two wins have come against Berkley and Pontiac High, teams that have combined so far for a 1-11 record. The Eagles did however beat Avondale by double digits last season and have a chance to play spoiler to the Yellow Jackets’ playoff hopes.