Punching their ticket: A lot on the line for Macomb County football teams heading into Week 9

14 teams still looking to get into playoffs

By: Jason Carmel Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published October 19, 2015


Last shot.

That’s what Week 9 represents for several prep football teams across the state as they look to secure trips to the postseason.

Naturally, that includes teams from Macomb County and the Macomb Area Conference. Several county teams have already locked up playoff spots, but others must seal the deal in Week 9 to continue their season.

Eight Macomb County or MAC teams in the C & G coverage area have won six games and locked up playoff spots with one week left in the regular season. Nine others need one more win to ensure themselves of a postseason berth. Five other teams sit at 4-4 and must win this weekend to have a chance at the playoffs.

According to the MHSAA, for football, postseason inclusion is determined by wins and a computer point value, calculated for each team based upon its record and strength of schedule, with the top 256 teams (including all teams with six victories if playing a nine-game schedule) qualifying. These 256 teams are then ordered by enrollment and divided into eight divisions of 32 teams each. That means there are teams that could qualify for the postseason with 5-4 records if they played a strong schedule.

Here is this season’s final weekly installment of the C & G Sports MAC and Macomb County football playoff picture. Each week, we will give you a snapshot of which local squads are in line for postseason berths. This week, we begin with the eight locks.

Check back Oct. 25 for a rundown of which teams from our coverage area qualified for the state playoffs, which begin Oct. 30.

Tickets punched
St. Clair Shores South Lake (7-1)
Madison Heights Madison (7-1)
Macomb Dakota (6-2)
Sterling Heights Stevenson (6-2)
Clinton Township Chippewa Valley (6-2)
Grosse Pointe South (6-2)
Sterling Heights High (6-2)
Warren De La Salle (6-2)

Win and they’re in (All teams listed are 5-3)
Utica Eisenhower — at Romeo High, 7 p.m. Oct. 23
Warren Mott  — vs. Utica Ford, 7 p.m. Oct. 23
Utica Ford — at Warren Mott, 7 p.m. Oct. 23
Warren Cousino — vs. Marine City, 7 p.m. Oct. 23
Warren Fitzgerald — vs. Warren Lincoln, 7 p.m. Oct. 23
Warren Lincoln — at Warren Fitzgerald, 7 p.m. Oct. 23
Clawson High — vs. East Detroit High, 7 p.m. Oct. 23
Warren Michigan Collegiate — vs. Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard, 5 p.m. Oct. 23
Sterling Heights Parkway Christian — at Clarkston Everest Collegiate, 7 p.m. Oct. 23

Win and hope to get in (All teams listed are 4-4)
Macomb Lutheran North — vs. Richmond High, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23
Utica High — at Sterling Heights Stevenson, 7 p.m. Oct. 23
Grosse Pointe North — at St. Clair High, 7 p.m. Oct. 23
Clinton Township Clintondale — at Mount Clemens High, 7 p.m. Oct. 23
Center Line High — at Madison Heights Madison, 7 p.m. Oct. 23