Playoffs. From the minute the season ended in 2018, teams were preparing for this moment, when teams would be selected for the playoffs with a chance to win the coveted State Title on Ford Field.
How are teams chosen? It is a long, arduous process. For a full explanation, go to https://secondhalf.mhsaa.com/All-News/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/8604/Inside-Selection-Sunday-Mapnalysis-19
and read about the current system. According to the MHSAA, 2020 will bring a heap of changes to how teams are selected.
Only Grant and Newaygo earned the right for week 10 from Near North Now's coverage area.
Grant will head to Oakridge to face an undefeated team in the first round in the Division 5 matchup. In the regular season Oakridge put up 70 points against Hart and 77 against Shelby. Their offense runs the show.
Newaygo faces off against 7-2 Montague on the Wildcats' field for a fierce Division 6 matchup. In August Montague played Reed City, their only mutual opponent, and blanked them 42-0.
For a complete listing of all pairings, Divisions 1-8, go to https://www.mhsaa.com/sports/football/pairings