Saginaw area football teams are positioning themselves for long football playoffs, with 15 qualifying if the season ends after week 7.
But there are also seven other Saginaw-area teams aiming for strong results to advance to the playoffs with two weeks left in the regular season. The top 32 in each division qualify for the playoffs.
In Division 2, Midland Dow and Saginaw Heritage are still in the Top 32, with Dow 15th and Heritage 30th even after both teams were defeated on Friday. Midland High is 2-5 and ranked 38th, with a chance to advance in the final two weeks. Midland is at home against Heritage on Friday before finishing against Dow in a pair of games that could have playoff implications.
In Division 3, Mount Pleasant is undefeated and ranked third, but that standings could be slowed down if the Oilers beat a strong Bay City Western team on Friday. Mount Pleasant sits behind DeWitt and Detroit’s Martin Luther King in the playoff points.
In Division 4, Freeland sits in 13th place after a win over Swan Valley gave the Falcons a 6-1 record heading into Friday’s home game against Birch Run. Alma is ranked 35th with a 3-4 record and must win against Bridgeport and Big Rapids to stand a chance.
In Division 5, Frankenmuth’s victory over Alma gave the Eagles a 7-0 record, a guaranteed share of the TVC East title and the second seed in the playoffs. Swan Valley and Carrollton need a few wins to secure their spot. Swan Valley is 27th and Carrollton 30th, with the Vikings heading to Bay City John Glenn and Carrollton making a trip to Michigan Lutheran Seminary.
Birch Run is 37th at 3-4, hoping to climb into the top 32 if he can finish with wins at Freeland and against Clio.
In Division 6, Millington is ranked fifth with a 7-0 record heading into a game in Ithaca, while Chesaning needs help at No.37 ahead of two road games to end the season against New Lothrop and Carrollton.
Four Saginaw-area teams are in the Top 32 in Division 7, with Hemlock 17th 4-3 ahead of a Friday game at Nouvel. Reese is 6-1 and the 19th seed, with Ithaca 5-2 and the 20th seed before a home game against Millington. St. Louis is 5-2 and ranked 31st and will play at home on Friday against Standish-Sterling.
In Division 8, Breckenridge moved up to 17th place with a win over Carson City-Crystal, while Saginaw Nouvel hung on to 30th before Friday’s game against Hemlock. Michigan Lutheran Seminary and Vassar are tied at 37, with Coleman in 39th.
In 8-a-side football, Merrill is 15th in Division 1 with a 4-3 record after beating Vestaburg.
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