Macomb Mashups: MAC teams battling for playoff positioning

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Online Only | Published October 2, 2019

 Harrison Township L'Anse Creuse quarterback Brandon Tatters drops back to pass in a game earlier this season. A victory this weekend over Warren Fitzgerald would put the Lancers within two wins of locking up the program's first playoff trip since 2003.

Harrison Township L'Anse Creuse quarterback Brandon Tatters drops back to pass in a game earlier this season. A victory this weekend over Warren Fitzgerald would put the Lancers within two wins of locking up the program's first playoff trip since 2003.

Photo by Brian Sevald

We’re now in the last month of the regular season.

That means prep football teams are now thinking about playoff positioning.

In Michigan, six wins in a nine-game slate ensures a playoff spot. Five-win teams can get in based on their schedule strength.

In this week’s edition of Macomb Mashups, we take a look at matchups featuring some teams that need to rack up wins to stay in the playoff chase.

Loser leaves town match?

Sterling Heights Stevenson (2-3) at Utica High (2-3) — 7 p.m. Oct. 4

The loser of this matchup is mathematically eliminated from an automatic playoff spot. Playing in the always tough Macomb Area Conference Red Division means Stevenson could get in with five wins, while Utica’s MAC White slate and tough non-league games could help its case. 

Stevenson last season ran its record against Utica to 27-9 with a 55-15 win. The win snapped a two-game skid for the Titans against the Chieftains. 

For a full recap from the game, see candgnews.com following the contest.

Start of a tough stretch

Macomb Dakota (3-2) at Utica Ford II (3-2) — 7 p.m. Oct. 4

Both Dakota and Ford will battle several teams fighting for playoff spots down the stretch. 

The Cougars (Ford, Romeo High, Utica Eisenhower and Macomb L’Anse Creuse North) face teams with a combined .650 win percentage. The Falcons this month get Dakota, Warren Mott and Eisenhower — with a combined .667 win percentage. Ford also faces winless Grosse Pointe North.

A win this week for either team could go a long way in helping lock up a playoff spot.

Ford is 1-15 all-time against Dakota. The Falcons' lone win over the Cougars came in 2006 — when Dakota went 13-1 and won the D-1 state title. Dakota blanked Ford 33-0 in 2018.

MAC Gold jumble

St. Clair Shores Lake Shore (3-2, 1-1 MAC Gold) at Eastpointe High (2-3, 1-1 MAC White) — 7 p.m. Oct. 4

Sterling Heights High (3-2, 2-0 MAC Gold) at Warren Woods Tower (2-3, 0-2 MAC Gold) — 7 p.m. Oct. 4

Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse (3-2, 2-0 MAC Gold) at Warren Fitzgerald (2-3, 0-2 MAC Gold) — 1 p.m. Oct. 5

After this weekend, things could be a lot clearer in a couple of areas for all of the teams in the MAC Gold. 

Wins by Sterling Heights and L’Anse Creuse, at the bottom of the league last season, could make the race for the MAC Gold crown a two-team event. 

All six MAC Gold squads start the month in position to make the playoffs if things go right. Last year, Lake Shore and Tower represented the MAC Gold in the postseason. Who will it be this fall?

Historical information courtesy www.michigan-football.com.

Schedules courtesy www.mhsaa.com.