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Negaunee, Ishpeming, L’Anse stay home to open football playoffs

October 22, 2012
By Journal Sports Staff , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - The six Superiorland high school football teams that qualified for the 2012 MHSAA playoffs learned their fate for this weekend's opening round on Sunday evening.

Tentative times for games involving area teams were announced Sunday, though final official times area expected to be released later today.

In the 8-player division, Superior Central (6-2) travels to Rapid River (7-2) at 7 p.m. on Friday. RR topped the Cougars on Oct. 6, 30-27.

In the 11-man playoffs, L'Anse hosts Forest Park in Division 8 at 7 p.m. on Friday with both schools finishing 7-2.

Ishpeming (8-1) is the lone Upper Peninsula team in Division 7 and hosts downstate Lincoln Alcona (6-2) at 7 p.m. on Friday.

In Division 6's District 1, Negaunee (8-1) hosts Iron Mountain (5-4) at 7 p.m. on Friday while Manistique (6-3) travels to Calumet (6-3) for a 7:30 p.m. game on Friday.

As the road team against all three district foes during the regular season, the Miners defeated Iron Mountain on Sept. 14, 28-6; the Emeralds on Aug. 24, 42-20; and the Copper Kings on Aug. 30, 12-6.

In Division 2, Marquette (5-3) will make a nearly 350-mile trip below the Mackinac Bridge to the top-ranked team in the division, Midland (9-0) at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

The Hematites and Miners are both the top seed in their district and region, meaning they will stay close to home for three weeks, as long as they keep winning.

The 256 11-man teams were divided into eight divisions of 32 schools each. Within each division, there are four regions of eight schools and each region has two districts of four schools. First-round pairings were determined by regular-season computer rankings compiled by the MHSAA with the top team in each district hosting the No. 4 team and the No. 2 seed hosting No. 3.

The highest ranked remaining team will host the district finals on Nov. 2-3 while the top-ranked team will host the regional final on Nov. 9-10.

State semifinal games on Nov. 17 will be played at neutral sites.

In the 8-player bracket, the top seeds will host up until the semifinals.

The 11-man finals will be held on Nov. 23-24 at Ford Field in Detroit while the 8-man championship will be Nov. 16 either in downstate Greenville or the Superior Dome in Marquette.

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.



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