Week 8 of high school football in the EUP

By Scott Nason                                                                                                                                                             
“The Game” ESPN 1400 

We are down to one week left in the regular season in high school football, and right now there are four teams fighting to be in the playoffs, which will start on October 29-30. With the new playoff points system implemented this season by the Michigan High School Athletic Association, no longer does six wins get you in, and who you play and how they do, is of crucial importance.

In high school football from this past Friday night, in a game you heard on 1230 WSOO with Dave Watson, the Sault High Blue Devils kept their playoff hopes alive as they traveled to Benzie Central and shut them out, 22-0. With the win the Blue Devils have jumped just one spot to 37th in playoff points in Division 4, still on the outside looking in, as you have to be in the top 32 in your division. The Blue Devils will need to win their game at Gladstone this upcoming Friday night, and likely get some help, with the teams ahead of them losing. You can hear that game on 1230 WSOO with Dave Watson, starting with the kick-off show around 6:35.

The St. Ignace Saints fell to Oscoda this past Friday night, 18-12, to drop their record to 2-6. The Saints will finish the season on Friday at Harbor Springs.

In 8-player football in the EUP Game of the Week on Friday on Country 105, Pickford’s Josh Sullivan had five touchdowns, as the Panthers rolled to a 44-8 win over Cedarville-DeTour, improving their record to 7-1. Before the game, the field in Pickford was dedicated to the late Chuck Bennin, former Athletic Director and Pickford coach and athletic standout. Pickford will be home to Rudyard on Friday, you can hear that game with Matt Pocket on Country 105. Cedarville-DeTour now 1-6 will face Engadine at home on Friday.

Rudyard got a big win at Gaylord St. Mary’s as they pitched a 27-0 shutout. Rudyard improves to 6-2 on the season and back in the playoff picture, will be at Pickford on Friday.

Newberry is also in the playoff picture, as they cruised to a 59-14 win at winless Engadine. The Indians will end their regular season on Friday at Rogers City.

Brimley lost in a forfeit game at Superior Central. Brimley 2-6, with both victories of the forfeit variety, are scheduled to host Munising on Friday.

As things stand in 8-player football in Division 1, Region 1, teams have been shuffled a bit with Rudyard back in the playoff picture. If the playoffs started today, Munising would be the 1-seed and face Ontonagon, with Newberry the 2-seed and hosting Rudyard. The Bulldogs in the playoff picture changes things for Pickford, as they would now travel downstate in Region 2, and be the 4-seed traveling to undefeated Sutton’s Bay, instead of the top seed in Region 1.

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Tonight’s special guests include Steve Hettinga, head coach of the Lake Superior State University men’s basketball team and Bruno Bragagnolo, General Manager of the Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League.

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