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1st & Goal: Week 8 In Review

1st & Goal: Week 8 In Review
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Even with a shortened regular season, football teams across Michigan are equaling past accomplishments or at least making better on their performances of a year ago. Many of our notes this week highlight the crowning, at least partially in some cases, of a league champ...
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1st & Goal: Week 8 Preview

1st & Goal: Week 8 Preview
Friday, October 16, 2020
The midpoint of every other regular season is crunch time during this abbreviated fall of 2020 Teams across Michigan will play their fifth games this weekend – but a week from Saturday, all of this year’s league championships and playoff profile boosting wi...
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Unbeaten Rochester Finding Stride

Unbeaten Rochester Finding Stride
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Long treading near the bottom of the highly-competitive Oakland Activities Association, Rochester football has parlayed a revamped practice schedule with a young quarterback and a break in scheduling into one of the best starts in program history. Erik Vernon in his 11...
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Moment: Johnson Follows Purple Wall

Moment: Johnson Follows Purple Wall
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Brad Johnson saw the wall and was off to the races. The star do-everything player for Schoolcraft had already scored one touchdown on the day in the 1988 Class D Football Final against Frankfort at the Pontiac Silverdome, and back in a punt return mode in the second qu...
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1st & Goal: Week 7 in Review

1st & Goal: Week 7 in Review
Monday, October 12, 2020
Yes, it’s true. We’re days from mid-October, with only two regular-season football games remaining, celebrating league champions and starting to look forward to the MHSAA Playoffs. All of that has seemed to come on quickly this fall, but Week 7 provided us ...
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1st & Goal: Week 7 Preview

1st & Goal: Week 7 Preview
Friday, October 9, 2020
The sun sets a little earlier as we move toward mid-October – this year allowing Friday Night Lights to shine as an even more present reminder that teams are enjoying an opportunity to play during an otherwise topsy-turvy fall. This weekend begins the second half...
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Moment: Comets Make Last Minute Count

Moment: Comets Make Last Minute Count
Thursday, October 8, 2020
A hop and a wave. That’s what it took for Grand Ledge to pull off the most unlikely of comebacks in the 2000 Division 1 MHSAA Football title game at the Pontiac Silverdome, doing what no team has ever done – scoring two touchdowns during the final minute to...
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Be the Referee: Disconcerting Acts

Be the Referee: Disconcerting Acts
Thursday, October 8, 2020
This week, MHSAA officials coordinator Sam Davis explains a change in football meant to reduce a form of gamesmanship at the line of scrimmage.
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1st & Goal: Week 6 in Review

1st & Goal: Week 6 in Review
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
There’s no pretending this football season hasn’t been a little different, for obvious reasons. But every week seems to reintroduce something familiar – and looking at the statewide scoreboard after Week 6, it was the “first time since the last ...
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4-Year QB Leads with What He's Learned

4-Year QB Leads with What He's Learned
Friday, October 2, 2020
Gavin Ganun is like a seasoned veteran.  “I’m really confident now with everything I’m doing,” said the Blissfield quarterback. “I’ve seen a lot of things happen. There’s nothing that surprises me.”
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1st & Goal: Week 6 Preview

1st & Goal: Week 6 Preview
Friday, October 2, 2020
We may have only just begun this abbreviated Michigan high school football season, but this weekend we’ll reach the midway point – and the beginning of another October full of opportunities. Every game matters even more with a six-game schedule, and early l...
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Moment: Montague, Kater Air it Out

Moment: Montague, Kater Air it Out
Thursday, October 1, 2020
A lot of people say in any sport that there’s a play, or a sequence of plays, that swings a game – that locks down the outcome. You might be able to define “swing” with a defensive red zone stop and the longest pass play in MHSAA Football Finals...
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Chance Paying Off Big for Sturgis Again

Chance Paying Off Big for Sturgis Again
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
That the Sturgis High School varsity football team would have as many victories in the first two weeks of this season as it had in the previous two years certainly wouldn’t have been the most absurd thought for Trojans fans.  But based on recent history, it ...
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Ratings, Polls & Birth of State's 'Top Ten'

Ratings, Polls & Birth of State's 'Top Ten'
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
By December, with the annual announcement of Michigan’s All-State football team, the intense pressure of the 1951 season had disappeared for two of the state’s finest high school coaches. Stresses of competing for consideration as Michigan's best high schoo...
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1st & Goal: Week 5 in Review

1st & Goal: Week 5 in Review
Monday, September 28, 2020
Sometimes it doesn’t take long to recognize a team is very good. We’re only two weeks into this abbreviated Michigan high school football season. But we’ve seen enough to know a few things already about likely title contenders.
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MHSAA Reveals Football Playoff Format

MHSAA Reveals Football Playoff Format
Friday, September 25, 2020
The MHSAA Representative Council has approved an adjusted format for this season’s 11 and 8-Player Football Playoffs to accommodate the shortened regular season that began late due to COVID-19-related restrictions earlier this fall.
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Bear Lake Looks to Begin New Streak

Bear Lake Looks to Begin New Streak
Friday, September 25, 2020
When Bear Lake takes steps on the football field at Brethren tonight, the Lakers have a chance they never had last fall. It’s a chance to win two games in a row and remain undefeated.
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1st & Goal: Week 5 Preview

1st & Goal: Week 5 Preview
Friday, September 25, 2020
Most years, we’d talk this weekend about Michigan high school football teams being in midseason form. They’re getting there quickly – and with another series of big-time matchups these next few days helping all of us get back up to speed.
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Moment: Eaglets Clinch on Late TD Catch

Moment: Eaglets Clinch on Late TD Catch
Thursday, September 24, 2020
More than three months had passed since the last time Ky’ren Cunningham had lined up as a receiver for Orchard Lake St. Mary’s.  But with one last desperate chance to win the Division 3 championship on the line during the 2016 Final, the Eaglets&rsqu...
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Be the Referee: Clocking From Shotgun

Be the Referee: Clocking From Shotgun
Thursday, September 24, 2020
This week, MHSAA Assistant Director Brent Rice explains a change in football that gives teams another way to stop the clock while on offense. 
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