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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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1st & Goal: Playoff Week 2 in Review

1st & Goal: Playoff Week 2 in Review
Monday, November 9, 2020
We’ll blame this season’s delayed start for taking a few more weeks to uncover some under-the-radar gems this football season. But this weekend’s second-round 11-player District and 8-player Regional games allowed us to unearth a few more teams that h...
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1st & Goal: Playoff Week 2 Preview

1st & Goal: Playoff Week 2 Preview
Friday, November 6, 2020
The summery weather may make this weekend feel like mid-September in much of Michigan. And this weekend certainly has the feeling of playoff football as we move to 256 teams in 11-player and 32 in 8, with matchups toughening and urgency rising.
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Be The Referee: Missed Field Goals

Be The Referee: Missed Field Goals
Thursday, November 5, 2020
This week, MHSAA officials coordinator Sam Davis presents a "You Make the Call" to test your knowledge on change of possession after a missed field goal.
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Moment: Fee Sets Stage with Record Kick

Moment: Fee Sets Stage with Record Kick
Thursday, November 5, 2020
In keeping with the theme of 50-yard field goals written in this space earlier this week by MHSAA historian Ron Pesch, let’s take this week’s "Moment" to remember the longest field goal ever in an MHSAA Playoff Championship. No one has ever gone over 50 yar...
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1st & Goal: Playoff Week 1 in Review

1st & Goal: Playoff Week 1 in Review
Monday, November 2, 2020
This already-unusual 2020 football season introduced the first nearly all-in football playoffs this weekend with plenty of new in terms of format – but also a lot of the unpredictability we expect from this time of year. Here's our glance at results that intrigue...
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Search for Longest FG Starts in '50s

Search for Longest FG Starts in '50s
Friday, October 30, 2020
Rob LaMielle’s first attempted field goal was a memorable one, and frankly, a bit amazing. For starters, his track record on extra points, at least to that point in the 1963 season, was less than stellar. The senior had been successful on only 3 of 9 extra-point ...
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Moment: Nick & Nick Go 90, 27 Years Apart

Moment: Nick & Nick Go 90, 27 Years Apart
Friday, October 30, 2020
The longest rushing play in the MHSAA Football Finals is the only mark that has two players tied for the top spot. Nick Williams of Farmington Hills Harrison originally set the standard in 1994. It took 27 years for the equalizer, when Edwardsburg’s Nick Bradley ...
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Restarted Fall Becomes Madison Dream Season

Restarted Fall Becomes Madison Dream Season
Friday, October 30, 2020
It’s always fun to be first.  Tonight, when the Division 6 football game between Adrian Madison and Quincy ends, one of the two teams will walk off the field by enjoying its first-ever playoff win.  
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Be the Referee: Automatic 1st Downs

Be the Referee: Automatic 1st Downs
Thursday, October 29, 2020
This week, MHSAA assistant director Brent Rice explains how high school football rules differ from those at the collegiate and professional levels when it comes to awarding automatic first downs.
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1st & Goal: Playoff Week 1 Preview

1st & Goal: Playoff Week 1 Preview
Thursday, October 29, 2020
During a football season full of new and different this fall, this weekend will be right up there for first-time opportunities. With the regular season shortened to six games because of COVID-19 precautions, tonight begins the first MHSAA Playoffs with nearly every tea...
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1st & Goal: Week 9 in Review

1st & Goal: Week 9 in Review
Monday, October 26, 2020
Whether it’s 6-0, 0-6, or somewhere in between, your local football team deserves our admiration for a job well done this fall. We started late, after not knowing if we’d play at all, and amid a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. And regardless of the wins and lo...
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2020 Football Playoff Pairings Released

2020 Football Playoff Pairings Released
Sunday, October 25, 2020
Here are the pairings for the 2020 MHSAA Football Playoffs, which begin Oct. 29-31 with District First Round games in the 11-Player Playoffs and Regional First Round Games in the 8-Player Playoffs.
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1st & Goal: Week 9 Preview

1st & Goal: Week 9 Preview
Friday, October 23, 2020
Over the next 72 hours, endings will be followed by new beginnings for just about every high school football team in Michigan.  Today and Saturday, the great majority will kick off for the final time this shortened regular season. On Sunday, for the first time, ne...
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Moment: 'The Catch' Saves Rockets' Day

Moment: 'The Catch' Saves Rockets' Day
Thursday, October 22, 2020
In every playbook there’s a gadget, a trick play that’s only meant to be used to save the day, to be used at the perfect moment. When they work the way they’re drawn up. But in this case, it didn’t work the way it was drawn up, and it still...
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Be the Referee: Illegal Football Kick

Be the Referee: Illegal Football Kick
Thursday, October 22, 2020
This week, MHSAA officials coordinator Sam Davis presents a "You Make the Call" on the legality of a kicking scenario.
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Older, Wiser MCC Ranks with Elite Again

Older, Wiser MCC Ranks with Elite Again
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Max Price is right – Muskegon Catholic Central football is back. Not that the Crusaders ever went too far away. But after winning four consecutive Division 8 titles from 2013 to 2016, failing to make it out of Districts the past three seasons felt like a 100-year...
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