Six of the eight teams still alive play on the road this weekend.

And Williamston has to make the loooooong trip to Escanaba to play on Friday night (does that make any sense?).

Ok, on with this week's rankings:

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    DeWitt (10-1)

    Last Week: 1

    The Panthers continue to dominate the competition.  Blake Gatfield threw three more TD's (he's got 29 this season) against Cedar Springs.

    They have an extremely tough regional final, though.  They're at perennial power Muskegon this Saturday.

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    Portland (10-1)

    Last Week: 2

    John Novara's Red Raiders laid waste to Lansing Catholic for the second time this season.  This time by a 35-0 count.

    They now have a chance to get revenge on Grand Rapids West Catholic this Friday night.  West Catholic knocked out Portland last year on a last-second field goal.

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    Ithaca (11-0)

    Last Week: 3

    The Yellow Jackets pounded Laingsburg 56-7 to win another district title in Division 6.

    Joey Bentley is having a great year for coach Terry Hessbrook.  But they have a tough regional final this Saturday.  They visit a difficult Montague squad for the regional title.

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    P-W (10-1)

    Last Week: 4

    The Pirates surprised some with a convincing 35-14 win at number 1 New Lothrop last Friday night.

    It's not that they beat New Lothrop, but by 21 points?  That was a surprise.  P-W heads to Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port this Saturday for their fourth straight regional title.


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    Grand Ledge (8-2)

    Last Week: 5

    The Comets season came to an end with a 36-0 loss at the hands of Rockford last Friday night.

    Grand Ledge will lose 38 seniors from this year's squad, so it will be a bit of a rebuild for coach Matt Bird for 2018.

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    East Lansing (9-2)

    Last Week: 6

    Bill Feraco's defense dominated a good Haslett offense in a 14-3 win at Lynn.C. Adams Stadium last Friday.

    The Trojans head to unbeaten Battle Creek Harper Creek this Friday night for the regional title.  Not easy.

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    Sexton (8-3)

    Last Week: 10

    The Big Reds are getting hot at the right time.  Their skill players (Jackson Barnes, Cody Blankenberg, and Karl Brooks) are outstanding.  And their defense is playing well.

    They go for the Division 4 regional title this Saturday when they visit Edwardsburg, the team that knocked them out of the playoffs in 2010.

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    Williamston (7-4)

    Last Week: Unranked

    Here's the deal with Williamston:  Jackson Pollak...Jackson Pollak...and...Jackson Pollak.

    Pollak accounted for five more touchdowns against Pontiac Notre Dame to lead the Hornets to the district title.

    But they have a brutal trip to Escanaba this Friday night (does that make any sense?).  They'll need all the luck they can get in a winnable regional final.

  • Haslett breaks back into our rankings after qualifying for the playoffs with a good win over Williamston last week.
    Haslett breaks back into our rankings after qualifying for the playoffs with a good win over Williamston last week.

    Haslett (8-3)

    Last Week: 7

    The Vikings offense could muster only a field goal against East Lansing's defense last Friday.

    Haslett had a good season and they have all-purpose QB Hyrum Tibbets returning for his senior season next year.

    With Tibbets, they have a chance to win the CAAC Red next year.

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    Lansing Catholic (8-3)

    Last Week: 8

    The Cougars were blown out by Portland for the second time this season, 35-0 last Friday night.

    Jim Ahearn will have a new QB next season with the departure of Michael Lynn III.  But he's got it rolling at Saginaw and Marshall.  They should be right there again in the CAAC White.

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