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Oakland County places 27 teams in MHSAA football playoffs

10/22/2017, 9:00pm EDT
By By Drew Ellis, The Oakland Press

The playoff field has been set.

Oakland County football teams gathered around their televisions and touchscreens Sunday night as the 2017 MHSAA playoff brackets were released. Official game times for each contest will be announced on Monday.

Division 1 features the most Oakland County teams. One of the highlighted encounters is a rematch from Week 2, with West Bloomfield (7-2) hosting Bloomfield Hills (6-3). The Black Hawks stunned the Lakers on their home turf for a 28-24 victory. West Bloomfield hasn’t lost since.

Rochester Adams (8-1), a team that won a share of the OAA Red with West Bloomfield, will host Romeo (7-2) in the opening weekend. Clarkston (7-2) is set to host Grand Blanc (7-2) in another D1 matchup while Novi Detroit Catholic Central (5-4), the 2016 D1 runner-up, is set to travel to Livonia Stevenson (5-4) in the opening round.

Lakes Valley Conference champion Waterford Mott (8-1) will host Troy (6-3) in the first round of the D1 playoffs. Troy is making its first playoff appearance since 2009. In another co-county matchup, Lakeland (6-2) will play host to Walled Lake Central (5-4) in a battle of LVC foes. The Eagles are in the playoffs for the first time since 2008. They will look to avenge a 20-13 loss to the Vikings to start the season.

Division 2 has four games with Oakland County teams. Birmingham Groves (7-2) will play host to Birmingham Brother Rice (6-3) in a featured contest while Oak Park (7-2) will host Royal Oak (6-3). The Ravens are in the postseason for the first time since 2006. Walled Lake Western (8-1) will host Livonia Franklin (7-2) while Ferndale (8-1) will host CHSL A-B champ, Warren De La Salle (7-2) in other D2 matchups.

Division 3 features four Oakland County teams. Ortonville-Brandon (6-3) will hit the road to face Auburn Hills Avondale (6-3). The Yellow Jackets are making their first playoff appearance since 2011. Hazel Park (6-3) is in the postseason for the first time since 2010. The Vikings will travel to Warren Woods-Tower (7-2). Farmington Hills Harrison (6-3) and MHSAA record-setting coach John Herrington will travel to Warren Fitzgerald (7-2) in the opening round.

In Division 4, Madison Heights Lamphere managed to get in at 5-4. The Rams are a year removed from an 0-9 season. Lamphere will travel to CHSL C-D champs, Cranbrook-Kingswood (8-1) in the opening round. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep (7-2) is also in, and the Irish will take a road trip to Goodrich (8-1).

In Division 7, Madison Heights Madison (9-0) and Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest (9-0) will both host games. The Eagles will host Detroit Delta Prep (6-3) while the Crusaders will host Riverview Gabriel Richard (8-1).

In Division 8, rivals Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes (6-2) and Clarkston Everest Collegiate (7-2) will meet in the first round. The Mountaineers will host after picking up a 23-13 win over the Lakers in Week 7. Auburn Hills Oakland Christian (6-2) is also in. The Lancers will travel to Sterling Heights Parkway Christian (6-3). The Lancers suffered a 25-13 loss to Parkway Christian in Week 7.

OAKLAND COUNTY PLAYOFF MATCHUPS

DIVISION 1

R1-D2 Grand Blanc (7-2) 83.111 at Clarkston (7-2) 87.667

R2-D1 Walled Lake Central (5-4) 61.333 at White Lake Lakeland (6-2) 80.778

R2-D1 Detroit Catholic Central (5-4) 63.667 at Livonia Stevenson (5-4) 67.889

R4-D1 Troy (6-3) 67.667 at Waterford Mott (8-1) 102.847

R4-D1 Bloomfield Hills (6-3) 70.556 at West Bloomfield (7-2) 91.111

R4-D2 Romeo (7-2) 91.222 at Rochester Adams (8-1) 96.667

 

DIVISION 2

R2-D2 Livonia Franklin (7-2) 83.778 at Walled Lake Western (8-1) 101.000

R4-D1 Royal Oak (6-3) 58.778 at Oak Park (7-2) 87.667

R4-D1 Brother Rice (6-3) 76.778 at Birmingham Groves (7-2) 84.000

R4-D2 Warren DeLaSalle (7-2) 94.492 at Ferndale (8-1) 94.778

 

DIVISION 3

R4-D1 Ortonville-Brandon (6-3) 70.556 at Auburn Hills Avondale (6-3) 71.111

R4-D2 Hazel Park (6-3) 67.889 at Warren Woods Tower (7-2) 77.000

R4-D2 Farmington Hills Harrison (6-3) 74.222 at Warren Fitzgerald (7-2) 76.222

 

DIVISION 4

D1-D2 Pontiac Notre Dame Prep (7-2) 62.111 at Goodrich (8-1) 81.667

R4-D2 Madison Heights Lamphere (5-4) 50.333 at Cranbrook (8-1) 79.889

 

DIVISION 7

R4-D2 Delta Prep (6-3) 57.069 at Madison Heights Madison (9-0) 101.206

R4-D2 Gabriel Richard (8-1) 61.222 at Lutheran Northwest (9-0) 70.444

 

DIVISION 8

R4-D2 Waterford Our Lady (6-2) 49.333 at Everest Collegiate (7-2) 56.111

R4-D2 Oakland Christian (6-2) 50.556 at Parkway Christian (6-3) 51.847

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