Three area football teams find out playoff opponents

REED CITY — Three area teams found out Sunday night who they’ll be playing in the firstround of the five-week football playoffs.

All three teams qualified by having six or more wins on a nine-game schedule.

They were placed into one of eight divisions based on school enrollment. Teams were seeded according to strength-of-schedule points, which determines who will host.

All three first-round games will be on Friday.

Reed City, Pine River and Evart will be gearing up for playoff action this week. Pine River and Reed City are No. 1 seeds and will be hosting a first-round game.

Division 5

Reed City and Chippewa Hills are in the same district and could have a rematch in the second week of the playoffs. It’s Pinconning (6-3) at Reed City (9-0) and Clare (8-1) at Chippewa Hills (8-1) in predistrict action. Clare’s only loss was in the season opener, 31-28 to Ithaca, which has won five of the last six Division 6 titles.

Ithaca is now in Division 5.

“It’s the way it is,” Reed City coach Monty Price said. “MHSAA makes the call and we have to go with what we get. We’re excited to be in the playoffs and we’ll take on a good Pinconning team and we have to play very hard.”

Price noted since the Coyotes have the top seed in the district and region, they would host the first three games if they go 2-0.

Division 6

Morley Stanwood (6-3) and Pine River (6-3) are both hosting predistrict games in Region 2. Harrison (5-4) is at Pine River and Beaverton (6-3) is at Morley Stanwood. The two winners would meet in a district title game the first weekend in November.

Pine River defeated Morley Stanwood in week 2 and would have a rematch in the playoffs if both win.

“Our main goal was to try to host a playoff game,” Pine River coach Terry Martin said. “When they posted it and saw we were hosting, there was huge excitement.”

Pine River notched its sixth win on week 7, but lost their last two regular season games. Morley Stanwood won its sixth game Friday.

Division 8

Evart (6-3) will play at Frankfort (9-0) in a predistrict game in Region 2, District 1. AuGres Sims takes on Lincoln Alcona in the other district game.

“There are five or six different scenarios and three or four possibilities about who we might able to play,” Evart coach said prior to the pairings.

“We are excited to be back in the dance and hope we can play well and represent our school and community.”

The regionals are Nov. 11-12, followed by the semifinals Nov. 18-19 and the finals Nov. 25-26 at Ford Field.