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Sheehan: Marine City playoffs? PH-PHN keys?

Port Huron Northern jogs away from its student section before the homecoming game against East Detroit on Sept. 23, 2016.

Port Huron Northern jogs away from its student section before the homecoming game against East Detroit on Sept. 23, 2016.

Well what do you know, it’s already week nine.

This will surely be an exciting end to the high school football regular season as we have a handful of teams playing for playoff spots. And, of course, the crosstown rivalry between Port Huron and Port Huron Northern will be rocking the town on Friday night.

Also, tune in to Fox Sports Detroit on Sunday at 7 p.m. for the unveiling of the playoff teams. That’s also like televised Christmas for me.

Alright, time to answer some questions.

Matt Sheehan

Matt Sheehan

Will Marine City make the playoffs with a win against Grosse Pointe North?

What are you talking about? They’ve been playing playoff football since week five after an 0-4 start.

Oh, you mean the actual playoffs?

While 5-4 doesn’t guarantee a playoff spot, I would be floored it a Mariners win over Grosse Pointe North – a 6-2 Division 2 team – doesn’t cement their spot.

Right now the playoff forecasting website snooze2you.com (a fantastic website, may I add) has Marine City in the playoffs right now at 4-4. Of course, that goes away with a Marine City loss on Friday as a 4-5 record won’t cut it.

The strong strength of schedule bit Marine City in the first four weeks, but it could help them on Friday as they’ve already been exposed to tough competition. Also, the Mariners have been rolling in the last four weeks on both sides of the ball and will give the Norseman – a MAC Blue team – a run.

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What is the biggest key for each team in the Port Huron vs. Port Huron Northern showdown?

This will be a little different than what I said in our prediction video posted on thetimesherald.com.

For Port Huron, it would be crucial for them to have a consistent passing game. We know the Big Reds have what it takes to move the ball on the ground, but Northern’s defense has limited explosive ground play this year. Can the Big Reds do damage through the air? That will be big for them if they can.

For Northern, it goes right back to the reliable run defense. Northern has been on a roll this year, but Port Huron’s ground game can present another challenge for the Huskies. Lately, the Huskies have risen to the challenge, and we’ll see if they do it again in week nine.

The Port Huron marching band during the MSBOA Marching Band Festiva lTuesday, Oct. 11, 2016 at Memorial Stadium in Port Huron.

The Port Huron marching band during the MSBOA Marching Band Festiva lTuesday, Oct. 11, 2016 at Memorial Stadium in Port Huron.

Will I pick against Richmond any other time this year?

Whoa, I don’t want to spoil future prediction videos now.

I will say this – Richmond has a fantastic well-rounded offense. When you get into the playoffs the more balance between run and pass, the better. When you combine that with a defense as quality as Richmond’s, it screams potential deep playoff run.

We have yet to know the playoff pairings, but don’t see Richmond being an underdog in any district game. Maybe that changes during the regional round, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

 What game am I looking forward to the most?

Well, I’m going to Marine City vs. Grosse Pointe North, which is a really good call after picking against the Mariners in our video. I’m glad the Marine City fans are friendly people, and I fully expect to hear it if the Mariners prove me wrong. Actually, I would be disappointed if they didn’t just give it to me after a black and orange win.

Anyway, there are plenty of great games this week. Capac vs. Brown City is intriguing to me. Croswell-Lexington vs. Ovid-Elsie and Yale vs. Saginaw Swan Valley are two big games for those BWAC teams. Marysville going for perfection against L’Anse Creuse will also be a special game.

Oh, and I guess Port Huron vs. Port Huron Northern would be a good one. It’s just a rivalry game thousands show up to.

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