Division titles have been decided, and it’s the last week of the regular season, but there’s a lot on the line for prep football teams across the state.
Playoff spots and positioning are still to be decided. Several Macomb County squads need a win this week either to secure a playoff berth or to give themselves a better chance at making the postseason.
In Michigan, all six-win teams automatically earn a trip to the playoffs. Five-win teams can advance, too, based on their strength of schedule and if there aren’t enough six-win teams to fill out the field.
Following is a quick look at all the matchups involving teams from programs inside the C & G Sports coverage area that are still alive in the playoff race.
For scores, come back here the night of Oct. 25.
Win and they’re in
West Bloomfield (7-1) at Warren De La Salle (5-3) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at Wayne State University
Because of its tough schedule, De La Salle is likely in win or lose. A win would secure the Pilots a chance to win a third straight state championship.
Sterling Heights High (5-3) at Warren Cousino (0-8) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25
Sterling Heights has already won a division title (share of the Macomb Area Conference Gold). A win here gives the Stallions their first playoff trip since 2015 and second since 2003.
Fraser (1-7) at L’Anse Creuse (5-3) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25
It’s already been a banner season for L’Anse Creuse. The team won its first division title (MAC Gold) since 2000. The Lancers have tallied as many wins this season as the program did in the previous six years. A win over Fraser puts L’Anse Creuse in the playoffs for the first time since 2003.
Hazel Park (3-5) at Clintondale (5-3) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25
Clintondale missed out on the MAC Bronze title by one game. The Dragons need a win over Hazel Park to secure the team’s second playoff trip in three seasons.
Five keeps them alive
Detroit Community (5-3) at Mount Clemens (4-4) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25
Mount Clemens has already won as many games this season as it did from 2015 to 2018. The Bathers with a win end the season above .500 for the first time since 1997. Mount Clemens hasn’t made the playoffs since 1994.
Lutheran North (4-4) at Yale (1-7) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25
Lutheran North started the season 2-3 and has given itself a chance at a playoff spot. A win over Yale would give the Mustangs three wins in their last four games and possibly its second straight trip to the postseason. Lutheran North hasn’t won a regular-season finale since 2011.
Dakota (4-4) at L’Anse Creuse North (3-5) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25
Dakota has made the playoffs every year since 2001. The Cougars have only lost more than three regular season games once in that span — in 2003, when the team made the playoffs with a 5-4 record.
Warren Mott (6-2) at Sterling Heights Stevenson (4-4) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25
Stevenson has never finished under .500 in four straight seasons. The Titans' last playoff trip came in 2015.
Utica Ford II (4-4) at Eisenhower (6-2) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25
Ford hasn’t made the playoffs since 2015. To give itself a chance, the Falcons will have to beat Eisenhower for the first time since 2006. Ford is 10-30 all-time against Ike.
Lake Shore (4-4) at Lakeview (6-2) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25
There will be more than bragging rights on the line when these two St. Clair Shores teams meet. Lake Shore has to win to have a chance at joining Lakeview in the postseason. Prior to last season, Lake Shore hadn’t made the playoffs since 2009.
Warren Lincoln (4-4) at Marine City (8-1) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25
After an 0-3 start, Lincoln has given itself a chance to play extra football. The Abes haven’t made the playoffs since 2008 — one of just three trips in program history. To stay alive, Lincoln would have to do something its never done: beat Marine City. The Mariners are 8-0 against the Abes.
Historical information courtesy www.michigan-football.com.
Schedules courtesy www.mhsaa.com.