2018-10-11 / Sports

Week 8 Football Pre-VIEW

By Mike Wilson
Sports Reporter • mwilson@mihomepaper.com


CASEVILLE - Nate Dufty (40) tries to bring the pass for the Caseville Eagle team. The Eagles lost to New Haven Merritt Friday night. 
Photos by Mike Wilson CASEVILLE - Nate Dufty (40) tries to bring the pass for the Caseville Eagle team. The Eagles lost to New Haven Merritt Friday night. Photos by Mike Wilson Who’s in, who’s out, who needs to win one, and who needs to winout to make the playoffs?

First, who’s in.

In the Greater Thumb East, Harbor Beach and Sandusky both reached the six-win plateau to receive the automatic playoff spot. These two teams will meet head-on at Harbor Beach Friday night. Troy Shelke’s Pirates can tie the Redskins for the league title with a win. Look for the coach to have his team ready to play. Sandusky’s running game has been mowing down defenses all season. Look for this to be a battle to the end and might come down to a twopoint conversion difference.

• Prediction, Sandusky wins the league crown with a two-point win.

Also in the east, Ubly is sitting at five wins and needs to beat Marlette Friday night to guarantee a playoff spot. Winning is crucial for the Bearcats, as the sixth win will be much more difficult in the final game of the season when they take on the EPBP Lakers who have seven wins already this season.


CASEVILLE - Chance Shippey (30) brings down the Mustang’s runner in a league match up for the Caseville Eagles. CASEVILLE - Chance Shippey (30) brings down the Mustang’s runner in a league match up for the Caseville Eagles. • Look for the Bearcats to score early and often against the Raiders in what should be a romp.

In the Greater Thumb West, the Elkton-Pigeon Bay Port Lakers and the Cass City Red Hawks have both secured playoff spots. Lakers crossover and take on the last-place Memphis in a game that should be a tune-up for the Lakers’ final game of the season when they will travel to Harbor Beach to take on the Pirates, who they could see again in the playoffs.

• Prediction: Lakers get a ‘W’ from Memphis.

Kelly Durr’s Bad Axe team has four wins and needs to win the last two games to be assured of a playoff spot, however a fifth win would give them an outside chance to still make the playoffs. Five-win teams are given playoff spots based on the number of six-win teams in their division. The road will not be easy, but look for the Hatchets to pick up win number five when they travel to Caro to take on the Tigers. However, the sixth win will be a tough get, when the undefeated Sandusky Redskins come to town for that final game of the season.

• Predictions: Hatchets defeat Tigers - sixth win difficult.

In 8-Man play, five wins will get you a playoff spot - that means the North Huron Warriors need to win one of their final two games. The Warriors will welcome in the league leading Deckerville Eagles on Friday night and that could make it difficult to pick up that fifth win. Deckerville has won four games in a row and has scored more than 50 points in the last two games.

• Look for North Huron to pick up the needed win their final game of the season when they host Dryden.

Caseville needs to pick up wins against Bay City All Saints this week and Owendale-Gagetown to shore-up their playoff standings. Being able to dress all of their players will be a big plus for the Eagles who have been playing short-handed. BCAS has been inconsistent and Owen-Gage has struggled this season.

• Look for the Eagles to sneak into the playoffs.

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