Hillman, Posen, Rogers City, Oscoda, Onaway earn postseason spots

The transition to eight-player football didn’t stop the Hillman football team from continuing its winning tradition and extending their playoff streak to 13 consecutive seasons.

The Tigers finished 8-1 in the regular season and will host a first round playoff game when they welcome Cedarville for a pre-regional matchup in the 8-Man Division 2 Michigan High School Playoffs.

“We’re excited. It’s always a goal of ours to make the playoffs and continue our streak. The transition to the 8-man game went well and we learned a lot on the fly,” Hillman coach Cody Allen said. “Cedarville has a good athletic program and we know them well. It’s huge for our kids and the community to be hosting a playoff game and we’re really looking forward to it.”

Allen’s first regular season couldn’t have gone much better and the Tigers’ only loss during the regular season was to undefeated Au Gres. Cedarville will travel to Hillman after finishing the regular season with a record of 5-4.

After finishing 2-7 last season, the Posen Vikings reversed its fortunes and finish the regular season with a 7-2 record and their work was good enough to earn them a first round playoff game.

The Vikings return to the playoffs for the first time since going undefeated during the 2015 regular season and Greg Pietsch’s Posen squad has the talent to make some noise in the postseason.

“It’s great. In our final home game on senior night we thought we might have an outside shot of hosting a playoff game and it’s just great to be in this position,” Pietsch said. “Everything rises up a level in playoff football. We know the competition is going to be tough and we’re going to give it our best.”

Posen will host Kinde-North Huron who finish the regular season 5-4 in an 8-Man Division 2 matchup.

The Onaway Cardinals snuck into the playoffs with a 5-4 record under first year head coach Steve Klinge.

Onaway is back in the playoffs for the first time since 2012.

The Cardinals will have their hands full when they hit the road and travel to Suttons Bay for an 8-Man Division 1 matchup.

Suttons Bay finished the regular season with an 8-1 record.

Oscoda lost its first game of the regular season and ran the table the rest of the way finishing 8-1 and earning themselves a trip to the playoffs.

Oscoda head coach Mark Whitley has his talented group of Owls playing with a ton of confidence and Oscoda’s eight wins are the most since 1976.

The Owls will have a long journey for their first round playoff game when they travel to Iron Mountain (7-2) for a Division 8 pre-district matchup.

It will be the second straight trip to the posteason for Oscoda and the third time in the last four years. This time the Owls will be hungry for their first playoff win in nearly two decades.

Rogers City is back in the playoffs for the first time since 2009 and did so by finishing the regular season with a stellar 8-1 record.

The Hurons will now be rewarded for their efforts as they host a playoff game as they will welcome Iron River West Iron County who finished with a 7-2 regular season record.

“Since the beginning of the year, these kids played with a chip on their shoulder and took everything to heart. They laid everything on the line and worked hard, now they’re reaping the benefits,” Rogers City coach Jesse Fenstermaker said. “To host a playoff game is a huge boost to our community. It’s been a long time coming and everyone is excited about it.”