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Montague Follows QB's Unstoppable Lead

Montague Follows QB's Unstoppable Lead
Friday, January 22, 2021
Montague football coach Patrick Collins was well prepared Friday night.  After a week of getting emotional when asked what it would be like coaching his son, Drew, for the final time in the MHSAA Division 6 Final, he told himself that he wouldn’t...
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Rose's Legend Grows in Shores Repeat

Rose's Legend Grows in Shores Repeat
Friday, January 22, 2021
Game planning for an all-state football player like Brady Rose certainly isn’t easy. In fact, it’s downright awful just to think about.  The Muskegon Mona Shores senior quarterback once again proved that point to be true Friday afternoon, leadin...
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'D' Propels Centreville to 1st Finals Win

'D' Propels Centreville to 1st Finals Win
Friday, January 22, 2021
It didn’t take long Friday for the Centreville defense to prove its season statistics were no fluke.  The Bulldogs stuffed Ubly on a 4th-and-short at midfield on the first possession of the MHSAA Division 8 Football Final, setting the tone for a dominant p...
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1st & Goal: 11-Player Finals Preview

1st & Goal: 11-Player Finals Preview
Thursday, January 21, 2021
This season’s “Drive for Detroit” – as we often call it – started in August, stopped, started again, and stopped again in November. But we’ve arrived at Ford Field with eight 11-player championship games left to cap the longest, an...
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Lenawee Christian Earns 1st Title Triumph

Lenawee Christian Earns 1st Title Triumph
Saturday, January 16, 2021
Adrian Lenawee Christian coach Bill Wilharms liked his team’s chances going into the 8-Player Division 1 Playoffs. When the championship game was switched from outdoors in Midland to indoors at the Legacy Center in Brighton, he liked them a whole lot more. ...
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Scoring Record Falls, North Central Soars

Scoring Record Falls, North Central Soars
Saturday, January 16, 2021
It's not often when a pair of defensive plays are key in a 70-48 decision. But that's the way it went for Powers North Central, which beat Portland St. Patrick by that score in the 8-Player Division 2 championship game at the Legacy Center.
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1st & Goal: 11-Player Semifinals Preview

1st & Goal: 11-Player Semifinals Preview
Friday, January 15, 2021
Five months have passed since the first football practices of this season. But 24 hours from now, 16 11-player teams will have earned tickets to the destination they’ve been dreaming about since long before those first snaps of the fall.
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1st & Goal: 8-Player Finals Preview

1st & Goal: 8-Player Finals Preview
Friday, January 15, 2021
Four undefeated teams will be the first to play for championships to cap the longest football season in MHSAA history. Adrian Lenawee Christian and Suttons Bay in Division 1 and Portland St. Patrick and Powers North Central in Division 2 will take the field at Bright...
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Many Champs Have Played Waiting Game

Many Champs Have Played Waiting Game
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
A state football championship is a dream for many. Fans wait for the day that they can beam with pride as their favorite squad or school hoists the title trophy toward the sky. For coaches and kids, it’s a road to memories never to be forgotten. Many schools st...
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1st & Goal: Playoff Week 4 in Review

1st & Goal: Playoff Week 4 in Review
Sunday, January 10, 2021
Every chance to compete is an opportunity to accomplish something never achieved before. The return of MHSAA football Saturday loudly reminded us how much we’ve been missing those moments.
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1st & Goal: Playoff Week 4 Preview

1st & Goal: Playoff Week 4 Preview
Friday, January 8, 2021
There are a lot of ways to describe what Michigan’s football contenders will restart Saturday, and how it will be talked about for years and perhaps generations to come. But at the end of it all, it’s pretty simple: It’s great to be talking about th...
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Moment: The Final Thrill

Moment: The Final Thrill
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Over the course of nearly 34 years on this job, you often get asked what single championship game you would rank at the top of your list.  You could ask that question to 100 people and get 100 answers – and guess what? They’d all be right. ...
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Moment: Streak-Ender Highlights 1st Finals

Moment: Streak-Ender Highlights 1st Finals
Friday, December 11, 2020
It’s been 45 years since the first MHSAA Football Playoffs took place, a two-week, 16-team tournament with the top teams of each of four regions in all four classes finally settling gridiron championships on the playing field. In that first year, cries of &ldqu...
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Kicker Steps Into Historic Moment

Kicker Steps Into Historic Moment
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
After what Jonathan Baughey has gone through, kicking a football through two yellow goal posts doesn’t seem like a very big deal.  But, when it came against an undefeated, state-ranked team on the last play of the Division 6 District championship game, it ...
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Moment: Menominee Achieves Finals 1st

Moment: Menominee Achieves Finals 1st
Friday, December 4, 2020
Menominee’s march from the southern tip of the Upper Peninsula to Ford Field had some storybook feel about it – a team which overcame injuries – and mixed in a grinder of a Semifinal victory to bring the  chants of “U.P. Power” to the ...
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Moment: Goggins, Scott Go Distance

Moment: Goggins, Scott Go Distance
Thursday, November 26, 2020
A few weeks back, we highlighted one of two of the “longest play” records in the MHSAA Football Finals where there’s a tie for the top spot – longest rushing play.  Today, we feature the longest kickoff returns in the history of the games.
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Moment: Morenci Returns to Record Book

Moment: Morenci Returns to Record Book
Thursday, November 19, 2020
The 1996 MHSAA Class C Football Final at the Pontiac Silverdome produced a special teams gem – the longest blocked punt return in the history of the event. Morenci came to the game owning a piece of football history in Michigan, and found the record book again.
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1st & Goal: Playoff Week 3 Preview

1st & Goal: Playoff Week 3 Preview
Thursday, November 12, 2020
There inevitably will be big scores put up this weekend as we roll into the third round of the 11 and 8-player football playoffs. But it’s fair to anticipate those games will be down to a few as 96 of 144 teams remaining on the bracket are undefeated or have only...
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Moment: Marcotte's Return Sets Record

Moment: Marcotte's Return Sets Record
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Lake Linden-Hubbell took advantage of a Mendon miscue in the 1991 MHSAA Class DD Football Final to prevent a potential score and extend its lead at the time with one the longest defensive scoring plays in a championship game. Lake Linden linebacker Rick Marcotte ran 79...
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Be The Referee: Tournament Selection

Be The Referee: Tournament Selection
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
This week, MHSAA assistant director Brent Rice explains how officials are selected for assignments during the MHSAA Football Playoffs.
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