Nineteen area schools have qualified for the postseason.  Four of them are unbeaten.  And there are four first-round matchups that feature local teams against each other.

The top of this week's poll remains the same.  But after the top 4, there are some changes with a few losses in Week 9.

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On with the new rankings:

 

  • 1

    Portland (9-0)

    Last Week: No. 1

    Another impressive win against playoff-bound Marshall keeps the Red Raiders at the top spot.  Portland's defense will be tested against Stockbridge's potent offense in the first round.

  • 2

    Grand Ledge (9-0)

    Last Week: No. 2

    Clinched the CAAC Blue title with a blowout victory over arch-rival Holt.  The Comets have the home-field advantage in Division 1 until the semifinals.

  • 3

    Pewamo-Westphalia (9-0)

    Last Week: No. 3

    The Pirates have had another great season.  Running back Jared Smith has rushed for 2,000 yards in the regular season.  Another trip to the semifinals is a possibility.

  • 4

    Ithaca (9-0)

    Last Week: No. 4

    The Yellow Jackets have crushed every opponent so far this season.  They are the favorites in the Division 6 playoffs.

  • 5

    Lansing Catholic (8-1)

    Last Week: No. 6

    An impressive win at Monroe St. Mary's Catholic moves them up this week.  The Cougars open with Ovid-Elsie in Round 1.  A rematch with Portland is a likelihood.

  • 6

    DeWitt (8-1)

    Last Week: No. 5

    The Panthers face their arch-rivals in Haslett in Round 1.  Then if they win that, Mason or St. Johns awaits in Round 2.

  • 7

    Dansville (8-1)

    Last Week: No. 7

    The Aggies are home for Round 1 against Concord.  Mike Galbreath's squad could possibly face Homer on the road in Round 2.

  • 8

    Jackson (7-2)

    Last Week: No. 9

    The Vikings beat arch-rival Jackson Lumen Christi in overtime to finish 7-2 and clinch a home game in the playoffs.  Scott Farley may be the area coach of the year after Jackson was 1-8 last season.

  • 9

    Mason (7-2)

    Last Week: Unranked

    Mason re-enters the poll after winning four straight games.  A rematch with St. Johns awaits is Week 1 of the playoffs.

  • 10

    Lakewood (7-2)

    Last Week: No. 8

    The Vikings have lost two straight to tumble from the top five.  A tough game against Hudsonville Unity Christian is on the slate this weekend.