Kalamazoo Area Squads Set for Football Postseason
After nine weeks of High School Football across Michigan, 20 area squads will continue their seasons this week with the beginning of the Michigan High School Athletic Association's playoffs.
Of the 20 teams that are in the postseason, only one them are playing in 8-Man with the remaining teams in 11-Man.
In the 11-Man ranks, teams automatically enter the postseason when they win six games if they played a nine-game schedule (or five wins with an eight-game or less schedule). There are 256 teams that play among the eight divisions of 11-Man. There were 212 teams that automatically qualified, meaning teams that finished 5-4 or 4-4 on the season acquiring enough playoff points through the season are given a chance to make the playoffs. These points are based on a formula between class (based on enrollment), wins against those opponents and bonus points for opponents wins against other teams. The 256 qualifiers are split in divisions by enrollment, then split into four regions with two districts of four teams each. Home teams within the district are determined by the higher playoff points, with the top seed playing the fourth seed and the second seed hosting the third seed.
Playoff points are used for 8-Man football exclusively. This is the second year that this level will play with two divisions. Only the top 16 teams in each division make the postseason. They are split into four regions of four teams each.
Without further ado, here are the teams involved in the 2018 MHSAA playoffs involving the Kalamazoo area. The schedule will be updated as we receive game times. Also, even though Portage Central is the home team in Division 2, the game is held at Portage Northern while McCamley Field continues to be renovated.
* - signifies top seed in district/ region based on playoff points
Division 1 - Region 1 - District 2
Kalamazoo Central (6-3) at Saline (8-1)* - Saturday 1pm
Winner takes on Brighton (7-2) or East Kentwood (8-1) - Saturday 1pm
Division 2 - Region 1 - District 2
Portage Northern (7-2) at Portage Central (7-2) - Friday 7pm
Winner takes on Okemos (6-3) or Jackson (9-0)* - Friday 7pm
Division 3 - Region 2 - District 2
Mattawan (5-4) at Parma Western (8-1)* - Friday 7pm
Winner takes on Battle Creek Central (6-3) or Middleville Thornapple Kellogg (7-2) - Friday 7pm
Division 4 - Region 2 - District 1
Otsego (5-4) at Holland Christian (6-3)* - Friday 7pm
Winner takes on Wyoming Godwin Heights (6-3) or Grand Rapids South Christian (5-4) - Friday 7pm
Division 4 - Region 2 - District 2
Plainwell (6-3) at Edwardburg (9-0)* - Friday 7pm
Paw Paw (7-2) at Three Rivers (8-1) - Friday 7pm
Division 5 - Region 2 - District 2
Coloma (5-4) at Kalamazoo United (9-0)*- Friday 7pm @ Vicksburg
Winner takes on Berrien Springs (7-2) or Hopkins (8-1) - Friday 7pm
Division 6 - Region 2 - District 2
Constantine (6-3) at Schoolcraft (7-2)* - Friday 7pm
Niles Brandywine (7-2) at Delton (6-3) - Friday 7pm
Division 7 - Region 3 - District 1
Vermontville Maple Valley (5-4) at Cassopolis (9-0)* - Friday 7pm
Union City (6-3) at Centreville (8-1) - Friday 7pm
Division 8 - Region 3 - District 1
Holton (5-4) at Martin (6-3)* - Friday 7pm
Climax-Scotts (4-4) at Decatur (5-4) - Friday 7pm
Division 8 - Region 3 - District 2
Mendon (5-4) at White Pigeon (7-2)*- Friday 7pm
Winner takes on Three Oaks River Valley (5-4) or Athens (5-3) - Friday 7pm
8-Man Football - Division 1 - Region 4
Camden-Frontier (5-4) at Colon (8-1)* - Friday 7pm
Winner takes on Battle Creek St. Philip (6-3) or Bellevue (8-1) - Friday 7pm
For a complete look at all the teams that qualified, check it out here!