Herbert’s Huddle: Teams look to clinch postseason in Week 6

By: Jacob Herbert | Online Only | Published October 2, 2019

 Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day quarterback Ahlon Mitchell winds up for a pass in a practice earlier this season. The Yellowjackets are currently undefeated and could earn as playoff spot with a win this week.

Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day quarterback Ahlon Mitchell winds up for a pass in a practice earlier this season. The Yellowjackets are currently undefeated and could earn as playoff spot with a win this week.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

 Royal Oak Shrine quarterback Conor Benson tosses a pass in a game against Madison Heights Bishop Foley Sept. 27 at home. The Knights will make the postseason this week with a win this week over Waterford Out Lady of the Lakes.

Royal Oak Shrine quarterback Conor Benson tosses a pass in a game against Madison Heights Bishop Foley Sept. 27 at home. The Knights will make the postseason this week with a win this week over Waterford Out Lady of the Lakes.

Photo by Mariusz Nowak

 Birmingham Brother Rice's Jaeden Johnson carries the ball in the season opener against Utica Eisenhower at Wayne State. The Warriors were handed their first loss of the season by Novi Detroit Catholic Central last week and will need two more wins before they can secure a postseason spot.

Birmingham Brother Rice's Jaeden Johnson carries the ball in the season opener against Utica Eisenhower at Wayne State. The Warriors were handed their first loss of the season by Novi Detroit Catholic Central last week and will need two more wins before they can secure a postseason spot.

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As Week 6 gets underway across the state, some teams already have the chance to punch their ticket to the playoffs. For those not fortunate enough to have five wins through five weeks, there are still four weeks left to reach the six-win mark.

Following is a look at matchups in the C & G Sports coverage area where with a win, teams could either earn a playoff spot or move to within one win.

Win and they’re in

Richland Gull Lake (2-3) at Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day (5-0) — 1 p.m. Oct. 5

The last time the Yellowjackets started the season 5-0, they reached the Division 4 state final. The Country Day offense and defense have been equally dominant up through this point in the season. In the five games it has played, coach Dan MacLean’s offense has scored 166 points and his defense has surrendered just 29 points. The Yellowjackets shut out Detroit Loyola last week.

Country Day’s Week 6 six opponent is coming off a 12-10 victory for its second win of the season. The Blue Devils and Yellowjackets met for the first time last season. Country Day won 41-3.

With a win, Country Day will make the postseason for the 13th time in 14 years.

Catholic League Clash

Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes (3-2) at Royal Oak Shrine (5-0) — 7 p.m. Oct. 4

The Knights have already matched last season’s win total of five after beating Madison Heights Bishop Foley 31-0 last week. Like the Yellowjackets, Shrine needs just one more win to reach the postseason. It would be the second straight year the Knights played into November under head coach Oscar Olejniczak.

Lakes has beat Shrine the past two seasons, 19-13 in 2017 and 31-21 last season. The Lakers lead the all-time series 21-6.

Shrine quarterback Conor Benson threw for multiple scores against Foley and will likely need to be on his A-game once again to snap the two-game losing streak against Lakes.

Division rivals square off

Birmingham Brother Rice (4-1) at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (5-0) — 7 p.m. Oct. 5

Five weeks into the season, the Eaglets have matched their win total from the previous two seasons combined. St. Mary’s could clinch a postseason spot after missing out in 2017 and 2018.

St. Mary’s schedule hasn’t exactly been a cakewalk this season as George Porritt’s team has knocked off some of the state’s top programs. Macomb Dakota, Walled Lake Western and Warren De La Salle have all fallen victim to the Eaglets.

The Warriors were handed their first loss of the season in a 7-3 loss to Novi Detroit Catholic Central last week. Coach Adam Korzeniewski’s defense has only surrendered more than one touchdown in a game once this season in a 16-14 win over De La Salle.

Brother Rice did beat St. Mary’s by a field goal last season and with a win Saturday night, the Warriors would tie the all-time series at 16-16 and move one win closer to reaching the postseason for the fourth straight year.