Alpena-area football teams ready for playoffs
Six weeks ago, nobody was sure if we’d to this point.
With the 2020 Michigan high school football season in jeopardy in the final weeks of August, just weeks before the season was supposed to begin, football around the state was postponed.
Three weeks later, teams were given the opportunity to play the final six weeks of its regular season schedule with all teams eligible for the playoffs, with a few changes in the district pairings.
Fast-forward six weeks and here we are.
Eight area teams will prepare for the first round playoff matchups.
For some teams, it’s a trip back to the postseason in quite some time, despite not needing a certain number of wins to qualify.
This year, all teams were eligible and earned seeding based on regular season points.
Despite a 0-6 record, the Alpena Wildcats will play their first playoff game since 2004.
The No. 8-seeded Wildcats will travel to take on the top-seeded Midland Chemics on Friday at 7 p.m.
Oscoda finished the regular season with a perfect 6-0 record and will once again host a playoff game as the Owls welcome St. Louis.
Rogers City will make the lengthy drive north to take on Iron Mountain, and Alcona will make a short trip to play Johannesburg-Lewiston.
The four remaining area teams will begin their eight-player postseason run.
Hillman and Atlanta will renew an old rivalry as the two schools class in a first-round matchup in Atlanta.
Onaway put together a string regular season and will host Newberry in an opening round matchup.
The final eight-player area team to prepare for the playoffs is Posen, as the Vikings will travel to Hale.