By Mike Williamson – firstname.lastname@example.org
It is hard to believe, but the high school football regular season is 2/3 over.
With three weeks remaining in the regular season, all four of the coverage areas gridiron teams have outside chances of reaching the playoffs.
The hopes of the four teams will range from Chelsea who will be looking for its 19th playoff appearance in 20 years to a Dexter team who is looking for the school’s first ever football playoff appearance.
The Hornets enter week six with a 5-1 record and need just one win to qualify for the playoffs for the seventh straight year. If the win does not come this week, it will likely be the biggest upset Michigan High School Football has seen in some time as the Hornets take on Ann Arbor Huron (0-6), the owner of the states longest losing streak at 36 games dating back to 2014. The Hornets then face Monroe (5-1) in what could be a match-up between undefeated teams in the SEC Red that will decide the league title. The Hornets will wrap up the regular season with a tough game against a strong Grand Blanc team (4-2).
The Bulldogs have been the areas elite playoff team for nearly two decades as the look to make it 19 out of 20 years qualifying for the state playoffs. They will need two wins over the past three games to keep that record intact and on paper, it looks like they should very well do so. Chelsea travels to winless Adrian (0-6) this week looking for the Bulldogs fifth win. They then take on a Tecumseh (2-4) squad that usually plays the Bulldogs tough. Chelsea then wraps up the regular season with a long road trip to Alpena (2-4). A 7-2 final record is not out of the question for the Bulldogs.
The surprise team in the area and in the playoff talk is the Dreadnaughts. Dexter entered the season with the states longest losing streak. While many thought that the streak would end this year, not many outside the Dexter locker room thought the Dreadnaughts would be sitting where they are with a 4-2 record and just two wins from the first playoff berth in school history. Dexter’s road to the playoffs is still an uphill battle with its remaining schedule although all three games will be played at the friendly confines of Al Ritt Stadium. The Dreadnaughts host Pinckney (2-4) in its 2018 Homecoming game Friday. A win over the Pirates leaves them one win away. This is where things will get tough for the Dreads. Dexter will host a strong Ypsilanti Lincoln (4-2) in week eight and the Splitters could very well need a win over the Dreadnaughts to help their playoff hopes. Dexter wraps up the regular season with an unknown squad to the area when the Whitehall Vikings will travel from the Muskegon area for the week nine game. Whitehall (4-2) is in Division 4 and has made the playoffs for the past four years. They play in the West Michigan Conference with the likes of Ravenna, Muskegon Oakridge, and Montague; all teams that have made trips to Ford Field in the past few seasons.
At 2-4 Flying Dutchmen’s playoff hopes are slim, but with three straight wins, they could sneak in with a 5-4 record. With their remaining schedule, the 5-4 overall record is not out of reach. Manchester takes on Addison (3-3) this week in what could be their toughest remaining game. They will then face Hanover Horton (2-4) in week eight. A pair of wins and they event their record at 4-4 going into week nine. Their week nine opponent is unknown as they will face another squad in the Cascades/Big 8 crossover game in what could be for a playoff spot.