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MHSAA Football championship games set for Friday and Saturday

The field of 256 has been whittled down to 16 teams. It was this time four weeks ago that 256 high school football teams across the state of Michigan spanning all eight divisions set out on their run towards a state championship. And now, only 16 remain to duke it out, as the eight division championships will be handed out on Friday and Saturday this weekend.

And ICYMI last weekend, Powers North Central (Spalding, Michigan) defeated Deckerville 58-22 in the 8-player division state championship game, capturing their second consecutive title and completing an undefeated season. Oddly enough, they dropped the same number of points in the 2015 title game as well. So congratulations to Powers North Central and the Spalding community on another terrific season.

This weekend however, of the 16 left standing, six have made it through still without a blemish on their record. However, only four have a chance to capture a perfect season in addition to their state championship crown, because we have a pair of match-ups (Division 1 and Division 8) that feature two undefeated teams squaring off for a title.

In fact, with the exception of Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Preparatory, all of the remaining clubs have two losses or fewer. The Eaglets of St. Mary’s are the outlier in this bunch. They squeaked into the postseason with a 5-4 record, yet here they are four weeks later on the verge of a third consecutive Division 3 state title. Just how good is Orchard Lake? They’ve made it to the final round of D3 in six of the last seven years, coming out on top three of those times. And this year, they square off against Muskegon, another perennial power in the state whom Orchard Lake beat in the championship game back in 2014.

Speaking of Muskeon, they’ll be vying for their first state title since 2008 and their sixth overall. They are one of two cities, Grand Rapids being the other, that has multiple schools from the area making the trip to Ford Field over the next couple days, excluding the city of Detroit of course.

The Division 1 showdown between Detroit Cass Tech and Detroit Catholic Central figures to be a good one. The former has only re-emerged as one of the premier programs in the state, having won their two state titles in 2011 and ’12. Detroit C. C. meanwhile is going for their 12th championship in program history, the first since 2009. Cass defeated C. C. in the final round when they won both of their championships. In fact, it was a string of three runner-up finishes for Shamrocks from 2011-13. The Technicians are also looking to bounce back from a second place finish of their own a year ago.

And one more thing to make note – of the 16 teams in action over the next two days, four of them will be looking to make it back-to-back titles in the trophy case. Or in the case of the aforementioned Eaglets of St. Mary’s, they go for a three-peat. As for Grand Rapids West Catholic and Muskeon Catholic Central? They look to make it four titles in four years.

Buckle up, Nation. Here is the schedule for the eight championship games over the next two days. A reminder that all of the games can be see on Fox Sports Detroit throughout the day (unless otherwise noted):

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25

  • DIVISION 8 CHAMPIONSHIP (10 a.m. ET)
    • Ottawa Lake Whiteford (13-0) vs. Muskegon Catholic Central (13-0)
  • DIVISION 2 CHAMPIONSHIP (1 p.m. ET)
    • Detroit Martin Luther King (11-2) vs. Walled Lake Western (12-1)
  • DIVISION 6 CHAMPIONSHIP (4:30 p.m. ET)
    • Jackson Lumen Christi (11-2) vs. Maple City Glen Lake (11-2)
  • DIVISION 4 CHAMPIONSHIP (7:30 p.m. ET)
    • Detroit Country Day (13-0) vs. Grand Rapids Catholic Central (12-1)
    • NOTE: Game only can be streamed live online or on the Fox Sports GO app

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26

  • DIVISION 7 CHAMPIONSHIP (10 a.m. ET)
    • Detroit Loyola (11-2) vs. Pewamo-Westphalia (13-0)
  • DIVISION 1 CHAMPIONSHIP (1 p.m. ET)
    • Detroit Cass Tech (13-0) vs. Detroit Catholic Central (13-0)
  • DIVISION 5 CHAMPIONSHIP (4:30 p.m. ET)
    • Grand Rapids West Catholic (11-2) vs. Menominee (12-1)
    • NOTE: Game can be seen on Fox Sports Detroit PLUS
  • DIVISION 3 CHAMPIONSHIP (7:30 p.m. ET)
    • Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (9-4) vs. Muskegon (12-1)
    • NOTE: Game only can be streamed live online or on the Fox Sports GO app
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Alex Mullerhttps://lxandrthegr8.wordpress.com/
MSU Graduate. Just a city boy born and raised in south Detroit. Baseball is life, a pitcher at heart. Freelance writer for MIPrepZone (News-Herald, Press & Guide).

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