Macomb Township will be divided tonight as Dakota High School and L'Anse Creuse North battle to remain in the MHSAA football playoffs.
The Cougars will have home-field advantage, but Crusader Nation has five years of hunger to satisfy. LCN last made it to the playoffs in 2007, losing to Dakota, 42-16.
Dakota knocked off its cross-town rival, Chippewa Valley High School, by a score of 17-7 on Oct. 26 to come out on top in the first round of the playoffs. On the other side of town, L’Anse Creuse North dealt a 35-21 defeat to the Romeo Bulldogs to capture their first postseason win in school history.
The teams meet in the Division 1 District Finals tonight at 7.
Be sure to upload your pics to our Dakota versus LCN spirit photo contest! At last count, Dakota was leading, but the contest continues through midnight.
More: schedule and ticket information
This information was provided in a press release from the MHSAA.
Qualifying teams for the Playoffs were divided into eight divisions of 32 schools each. Within each division are four regions of eight teams each; and within those regions are two districts of four teams each.
The weekend of Nov. 2-3 will have district finals in the 11-player playoffs and regional finals in the eight-player playoffs, at the site of the highest-ranked team which was victorious in the previous round of play.
Regional finals in the 11-player playoffs will take place Nov. 9-10, at the site of the highest-ranked team that was victorious in district final play. The eight-player playoff semifinals will take place on Nov. 10 at pre-arranged sites, pairing the winners of region 1 vs. region 2; and the winners of region 3 vs. region 4.
Semifinal games in the 11-player playoffs will take place on Nov. 17, pairing the winners of region 1 vs. region 2; and the winners of region 3 vs. region 4 at pre-arranged sites.
Tickets for single-session pre-district, district and regional games are $5. At regional sites where multiple games are played and a single admission is charged, tickets will be $6. Single-session semifinal tickets are $6. At semifinal sites where multiple games are played and a single admission is charged, tickets are $7.
The eight-player finals will take place at the Superior Dome in Marquette or Greenville High School on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. Admission is $8.
For the 11-player finals, tickets are $10 per day at Ford Field, allowing a fan to see all four games on a single admission. No in and out privileges are allowed. This is the schedule:
- Division 8: 10 a.m.
- Division 2: 1 p.m.
- Division 6: 4:30 p.m.
- Division 4: 7:30 p.m.
- Division 7: 10 a.m.
- Division 1: 1 p.m.
- Division 5: 4:30 p.m.
- Division 3: 7:30 p.m.