Four Things To Watch in Lansing-Area High School Football Week 7
It's already the home stretch across the state of Michigan for high school football. Just three games remain for teams to get to that six win threshold to make the playoffs, or maybe to clinch their conference title, or even an undefeated season.
Here's a list of things to keep an eye on in week 7 of the high school football season.
Week 7 usually means the 6-team conferences (CAAC Red, White and GLAC) in the area will wrap up their conference play and crown a champion, or in some cases split champions.
In the Red, Dewitt looks to clinch another CAAC-Red title with a game against St. John's. The Redwings won the last meeting between these two teams in the playoffs, but Dewitt hasn't lost a game in the CAAC-Red regular season since they joined.
In the White, Portland looks to wrap up an undefeated CAAC-White slate hitting the road to Williamston (7:00 P.M.; WVFN). Should they trip up and Lansing Catholic defeats Eaton Rapids it would result in a split conference title.
And in the GLAC, Lakewood looks to repeat as conference champs when they take on winless Leslie tonight. Coming into this game the Vikings have won 11 straight conference games.
Week 6 saw five different Lansing-Area teams qualify for the postseason going to 6-0. That number could double after games are wrapped up tonight.
Grand Ledge (5-1) takes on Lansing Everett for their third straight postseason berth and to put a strangle hold on top of the CAAC-Blue.
CAAC Red schools Dewitt and Mason (5-1) both look to be the first of the of their conference to join the six win club in week 7. The Bulldogs take on Owosso while the Panthers play the Redwings in a game that will decide if Dewitt has a solo conference championship.
Lansing Catholic (5-1) looks for their 6th win of the 2016 season and their 8th straight postseason berth. The Cougars play the Eaton Rapids Greyhounds and with a win and some help from Williamston, LCHS has a shot to split the CAAC-White.
Laingbsurg (5-1) just missed out on their best start in school history when they lost to state powerhouse Pewamo-Westphalia last week. With a 1-5 Saranac next on the docket it would appear there's a good chance the Wolfpack get back to winning and get in the playoffs.
In 8-Man football, Webberville can get themselves to six wins but it won't be easy. They take on undefeated conference rival Portland St. Patrick's, a team who's defense has shutout almost every opponent they've played. For the Spartans it would be retribution for missing the postseason last season with a 5-4 record.
Whether through bad luck, tough opponents, or some combination of other things there are a number of teams clinging to their playoff hopes with three losses already to their record. A fourth loss mean they risk exclusion from the playoffs via the points system.
3-3 Lansing-Area teams with week 7 opponent
Jackson (at Lansing Eastern)
St. John's (v. Dewitt)
Williamston (v. Portland)
Bath (at Fulton)
Fulton (v. Bath)
Perry (at Maple Valley)
Stockbridge (v. Olivet)
Morrice (v. Peck)
Dean Trailway's of Michigan's Presentation of High School football is out in Williamston for a matchup ripe with storylines, especially those you just read.
Will Portland clinch an outright CAAC-White championship and move to 7-0 and knock Williamston out of six win contention? Or will the Hornets keep the home crowd happy, cling to their automatic playoff qualifying hopes?
It all starts with pregame coverage starting at 6:00 P.M. with postgame coverage including area finals first and foremost all the way up to 11:00 P.M.