The Grand Ledge Comets clinched their third straight outright CAAC Blue title with their 17-3 win over Holt.  That win gives them a home game in Round 1 of the MHSAA Playoffs.

Congratulations to Potterville, who broke their 22 game losing streak with a 20-7 victory over Durand in Week 9.

A little change in this week's poll, as Olivet dropped their first game of the season to Battle Creek Pennfield.

The playoffs are on deck, we have 20 area teams in the postseason.  Eleven of them will host in Round 1.

On with this week's rankings:

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    DeWitt (8-1)

    Last Week: 1

    The Panthers blew out Portage Northern 49-14 to clinch a home playoff game in Round 1.

    But they got a brutally tough draw with Grand Rapids Christian, the only team to beat DeWitt this season.  If they win that, the Panthers would go to perennial power East Grand Rapids in Round 2.  Brutal, just brutal.

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    Grand Ledge (8-1)

    Last Week: 2

    The Comets got revenge against their arch-rival Holt with a 17-3 win on the road in Week 9.

    They host Rockford in Round 1, the team they beat in the Division 1 regional final two years ago.

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    Portland (8-1)

    Last Week: 4

    The Red Raiders shut out Marshall 27-0 to finish an 8-1 campaign.

    They host Ovid-Elsie in Round 1.  Lansing Catholic or Olivet await in Round 2.  Defending state champ Grand Rapids West Catholic would come calling in the regional final if they get that far.

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    Ithaca (9-0)

    Last Week: 5

    The Yellow Jackets finished off another unbeaten regular season with an easy win over Carrollton in Week 9.

    They are back in Division 6 this year after being in Division 5 last season (lost in regional final).  They are one of the favorites to win the state title, which would be their sixth under coach Terry Hessbrook.

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    P-W (8-1)

    Last Week: 6

    The Pirates are looking great again.  But the defending Division 7 state champs have a tough road.  They should beat GR NorthPointe Christian in Round 1, but going to New Lothrop (assuming they win over Saranac) in Round 2 won't be easy.

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    Olivet (8-1)

    Last Week: 3

    The Eagles suffered a tough loss to Battle Creek Pennfield, which cost them an unbeaten season and a possible number 1 seed in the district or regional.

    They host a potent Lansing Catholic team in Round 1.  The winner plays either Ovid-Elsie at home or visit Portland in Round 2.

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    Lakewood (8-1)

    Last Week: 7

    The Vikings put 66 points on the board against arch-rival Ionia to finish 8-1.

    Lakewood hosts Sexton in Round 1.  This is a rematch from last year's district final (The Vikings won 36-28).

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    East Lansing (7-2)

    Last Week: 8

    The Trojans eliminated Okemos from playoff consideration with a 21-7 win in Week 9.

    They host Tecumseh in Round 1 before a potential Round 2 district final against Haslett.  That would be juicy.

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    Haslett (7-2)

    Last Week: 9

    The Vikings got a late field goal to get past Petoskey and earn a home playoff game.

    Haslett will be favored to beat Parma Western in the first round.  And if they win, they'll likely visit East Lansing for the district title.

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    Lansing Catholic (7-2)

    Last Week: 10

    The Cougars polished off Mason 39-16 to finish 7-2.  They will visit GLAC champion Olivet in Round 1.  If the Cougs win that, they likely get a rematch with CAAC White champ Portland.

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