These 8 Lansing-Area Teams Remain in the MHSAA Playoffs
One round of the MHSAA Playoffs are in the books and the contenders have already separated themselves this season, as eight area schools are competing for a district title this weekend.
Here they are:
Mason at DeWitt
Sexton at Lake Odessa Lakewood
Muskegon Oakridge at Ithaca
Grand Rapids West Catholic at Portland
Saugatuck at Pewamo-Westphalia
Wyoming Tri-Unity Christian vs. Portland St. Patrick's (Equal playoff points, home team TBA by coin toss from MHSAA)
Divisions three and four feature area matchups for a district title. The all CAAC-Red affair between Mason and DeWitt is a rematch from a week four blowout that the Panthers won 47-0 in Mason. This time the game is in Memorial Stadium. That game was Mason's only loss so far this season.
In division four Lansing Sexton travels west to Lake Odessa Lakewood to meet the Vikings for the first time ever. Both teams are coming off of close results. The Vikings won a back and forth battle with Battle Creek Pennfield, while the Big Reds stayed ahead all night against Williamston to advance.
Four other area teams are in the district round, Ithaca looks to make it Ford Field for the first time as a division five school, they host Muskegon Oakridge who are 9-1 this season.
Also in division five Portland laid the hammer down in their first round game defeating Grandville Calvin Christian 58-16, they will not be given an area rematch with Lansing Catholic, as Grand Rapids West Catholic will travel into Portland after a 28-6 win over the Cougars.
Division seven powerhouse Pewamo-Westphalia hosts a battle of unbeatens as Saugatuck rolls into town for a district showdown. It will easily be the toughest game of P-W's season so far, as they haven't had a game yet they haven't won by more than 30 points since week one of the season.
In 8-man football Portland St. Patrick's is in a curious position as they are set to play Wyoming Tri-Unity Christian this weekend in the round of 8. Both teams are equal on playoff points and both teams played opponents this year that totaled 34 wins in the regular season. By the MHSAA playoff procedures for hosts that means a coin flip in the MHSAA office in East Lansing will decide the host. This presumably will happen on Monday.
The Game 730 AM WVFN is your trusted source for high school sports coverage. Our district round game of the week features a CAAC-Red clash between Mason and DeWitt. Will the Bulldogs exact revenge on rival DeWitt for a 47-0 loss earlier this year? Or will the Panthers advance to the Regional round for the first time since 2013?