Regular season all but complete as the playoff selection approaches

By: Mike Moore | Rochester Post | Published October 20, 2015

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A nine-week regular season is ready to reach its conclusion.

And then, for some, the real fun begins.

This weekend officially marks the end of the 2015 football regular season, and for those eligible, playoff positioning will officially be announced at 7 p.m. Oct. 25, with the postseason beginning Oct. 30.

Here’s a quick look at the three local gridiron teams with playoff aspirations, what their schedule still holds and what’s still on the line.


Ford Field rematch
While the ultimate goal for all high school teams is a trip to Ford Field at the end of November, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep gets to go a bit earlier.

The Fighting Irish (7-1) are part of the Catholic League Prep Bowl and will take on Detroit Loyola in a 1 p.m. Oct. 24 battle.

Prep’s only loss this fall was a 42-17 setback to Loyola (6-2) on Sept. 25.

“We’re looking forward to it,” Prep coach Patrick Fox said. “What a prestigious game, to play at Ford Field and to be part of all this. We love it.”

Loyola, the defending Division 7 state champ, has only lost to Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (defending D-3 champ) and Warren De La Salle (defending D-2 champ).

Fox said his guys aren’t shying away from a chance to pull the upset.

“They are the defending state champs, a very good football team,” Fox said of Loyola. “We have to have our level of play the best it’s been. We have to be strong on the offensive and defensive lines.”

In their six wins, the Bulldogs have outscored their opponents 272-58.

“We were very competitive with them for stretches in the first game,” Fox added. “Our guys are confident. It’s a big, big game and just an awesome opportunity.”

Prep will be part of the playoffs for the first time since 2013, and likely in D-4.


On the bubble
Since starting the season with two losses in the first three weeks, Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest has put itself in a spot to clinch a playoff spot for the second consecutive season.

The Crusaders have gone 4-1 since the rough start, and at 5-3 can clinch an automatic berth with a victory against Dearborn Heights Star International (1-7) this week.

Northwest travels to play at Star International at 6 p.m. Oct. 23.

The Crusaders did earn an at-large berth last season with a 5-4 record.

And that’s exactly what Auburn Hills Avondale is hoping to do this year.

The Yellow Jackets are 4-4 after winning each of their past two games and host Waterford Kettering (3-5) at 7 p.m. Oct. 23.

Avondale qualified for the playoffs at 5-4 in 2011, but finished 5-4 in 2013 and 2014 and did not get in.
For an update on the playoff selections, visit www.candgnews.com and click on the Sports tab Oct. 25 after 7 p.m.

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