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Drive for Detroit: Playoff Week 1 Review

Drive for Detroit: Playoff Week 1 Review
Monday, October 30, 2017
A couple massive upsets and an MHSAA record. Not a bad way to kick off the 2017 Football Playoffs. Those are just a few of the many highlights from this weekend’s first rounds – Pre-District in 11-player and Pre-Regional in 8-player.
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Football Fridays: Welcome to Our House

Football Fridays: Welcome to Our House
Friday, October 27, 2017
There is no less opportunity to help student-athletes mature into positive people in one sport than another or on one day or night of the week compared to others. That is an unshakable truth of educational athletics. But that truth has not diminished the efforts of the...
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Grayling QB Takes Over at Crunch Time

Grayling QB Takes Over at Crunch Time
Friday, October 27, 2017
For the Grayling Vikings, it was Just-in time. Propelled by senior quarterback Justin Nicholas, Grayling pulled out victories the last two weeks to secure an eighth MHSAA football playoff berth in the last nine years. All the first-year starter at quarterback did was c...
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Drive for Detroit: Playoff Week 1 Preview

Drive for Detroit: Playoff Week 1 Preview
Friday, October 27, 2017
Michigan’s high school football championship quest is set to begin this weekend in historic fashion, with a record 288 teams taking part in this 43rd MHSAA Playoffs. So let’s get right to it. 
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Great Clips of the Week: 10/26/17

Great Clips of the Week: 10/26/17
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Here’s a look at our first edition – first from Friday’s East Grand Rapids football win over Grand Rapids South Christian, followed by a swimming relay finish decided by a sliver of a second between Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern/Eastern and Jeniso...
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Playoffs Packed with Livonia Power

Playoffs Packed with Livonia Power
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Football fans in Livonia have been blessed recently with the success of Livonia Public Schools’ football programs, and this season is no exception.  Churchill, Franklin and Stevenson all qualified for the MHSAA playoffs, and glancing at the pairings all have...
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Lessons Learned, Goodrich Laughs Last

Lessons Learned, Goodrich Laughs Last
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
The joke wasn’t incredibly original, nor was it incredibly funny, especially if you had any connection to the Goodrich football program. But when you suffer through a winless season like the Martians did in 2016, people are going to have jokes.
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Ford Swaps Frustration for Focus

Ford Swaps Frustration for Focus
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Midway through the 2016 season, Marcus Ford was frustrated. He was on the Pinckney football team, but not playing much. A big part of that was due to his size — 6-foot-5 and over 400 pounds — but then-defensive coordinator Rod Beaton sensed there was more.
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Drive for Detroit: Week 9 in Review

Drive for Detroit: Week 9 in Review
Monday, October 23, 2017
By now, you know which teams made the playoffs, what the first-round matchups look like and what the roads will be for your favorites to arrive at either the Superior Dome or Ford Field next month. But a lot was still undecided heading into Week 9 – in fact, near...
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Inside Selection Sunday: Mapnalysis '17

Inside Selection Sunday: Mapnalysis '17
Sunday, October 22, 2017
We haven’t had Michigan high school football teams travel by boat to their playoff games, nor fly like the birds over places like Saginaw Bay and the northern stretch of Lake Michigan. But phrases like “use the lake” and “follow the highway&rdqu...
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Drive for Detroit: Week 9 Preview

Drive for Detroit: Week 9 Preview
Friday, October 20, 2017
Maybe because it still feels like summer some days downstate, but it seems like we’ve gotten to Week 9 of the football season more quickly this fall. So let’s get right into it. Playoff fields will be announced at 7 p.m. Sunday on FOX Sports Detroit PLUS. B...
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2017 Week 9 Football Playoff Listing

2017 Week 9 Football Playoff Listing
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Here is a list of Michigan High School Athletic Association football playing schools, displaying their win-loss records and playoff averages through the eighth week of the season.
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Drive for Detroit: Week 8 in Review

Drive for Detroit: Week 8 in Review
Monday, October 16, 2017
We’re chewing on a lot of football numbers this week at the MHSAA office with this season’s playoff selection just days away. Some of the most important after Week 8 are 176 – as in the number of 11-player teams that have earned spots in that 256-team ...
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Performance: GR Catholic Central's Nolan Fugate

Performance: GR Catholic Central's Nolan Fugate
Friday, October 13, 2017
Grand Rapids Catholic Central senior Nolan Fugate, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound running back, ran 37 times for 477 yards and five touchdowns in GRCC’s 57-50 win over Comstock Park on Oct. 6.  His rushing yardage ranked fourth-most in MHSAA history for one game and ...
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Drive for Detroit: Week 8 Preview

Drive for Detroit: Week 8 Preview
Friday, October 13, 2017
This is the way it’s supposed to finish. With the random ordering or yearly rotating that spits out most league schedules, any week of the regular season might feature the game that ends up deciding those conferences’ championships. But this fall, we’...
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Herrington's Record Run Filled with Thrills

Herrington's Record Run Filled with Thrills
Thursday, October 12, 2017
John Herrington soon will stand alone as the winningest football coach in Michigan high school history. Herrington, 76, is in his 48th season as head coach at Farmington Hills Harrison. He spent eight seasons as an assistant at North Farmington. He is the only hea...
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2017 Week 8 Football Playoff Listing

2017 Week 8 Football Playoff Listing
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Here is a list of Michigan High School Athletic Association football playing schools, displaying their win-loss records and playoff averages through the seventh week of the season.
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Drive for Detroit: Week 7 in Review

Drive for Detroit: Week 7 in Review
Monday, October 9, 2017
Be forewarned: There were more incredible and meaningful finishes in Michigan High School football this weekend than meet the parameters of our weekly “Drive for Detroit” report. A pair of incredible winning streaks ended on the west side of the state. Anot...
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Drive for Detroit: Week 7 Preview

Drive for Detroit: Week 7 Preview
Friday, October 6, 2017
Week 7 has a couple of contrasting meanings in the grand scheme of Michigan high school football. On one hand, we're drawing to a close of the regular season. On the other, we're just reaching the midpoint of the 14-week drive that carries us through the MHSAA Finals.
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Next Players Up Keep Whiteford Surging

Next Players Up Keep Whiteford Surging
Friday, October 6, 2017
For many smaller Class C football teams, losing four starters to injuries during the first six weeks of the season would be devastating.  In Ottawa Lake, however, probably only those close to the Whiteford football program have noticed.
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