Lansing-Area High School Football Power Rankings: State Semifinal Edition
Grand Ledge's comeback win over Rockford puts the Comets in the state semifinals for the first time since 2000.
Lansing Catholic's road win versus Freeland has the Cougars in the semis for the second year in a row. Ithaca and P-W were victorious as well. They're in the semis as well in Division 6 & 7 respectively.
RELATED: See last week's power rankings
They occupy the top four spots in this week's rankings. Some small changes in the bottom six but not earth-shattering.
On with this week's rankings...
The Comets scored 33 unanswered points to stun Rockford at home in the regional finals. Only Romeo stands in GL's way to Ford Field.
Junior running back Jared Smith set a state record with 50 rushing touchdowns in a season with 4 last Friday against Cassopolis. They'll have to knock off defending champ Detroit Loyola at Fenton to make it to Ford Field.
The Yellow Jackets at least had to play a full 48 minutes with no running clock last Friday against Laingsburg in the regional finals.
Traverse City St. Francis awaits in the semifinals.
The Cougars are riding their defense in this playoff run. It's the reason they beat Portland and Freeland the last two weeks.
A rematch of the state finals against Grand Rapids West Catholic awaits the Cougars this Saturday.
The Red Raiders had one of their best seasons ever in 2015, winning the CAAC White title. But they lost Lansing Catholic in the rematch in the district finals 21-14. That loss will sting for a long time.
The Panthers won another CAAC Red championship, but fell to St.Johns in the district finals, 42-28.
QB Will Nagle is back next season, and their youth teams are always strong. Expect the Panthers to be back in 2016.
The Red Wings ran into a buzzsaw in Orchard Lake St. Mary's in the regional finals. But a revenge win over DeWitt in the district finals highlight another successful season for St. Johns.
Much like St. Johns, the Aggies ran into a juggernaut in Detroit Loyola in the regional finals.
But a second-place finish in the highly competitive CMAC and a district title make this the most successful season in school history.
Give the Wolf Pack credit for keeping within the 35 point running clock limit. A couple of upset road wins in the playoffs make this year a success for Laingsburg.
Scott Farley is the area coach of the year after turning the Vikings around from 1-8 to a tie for second in the CAAC Blue and a win over Jackson Lumen Christi to end the regular season.