East Lansing missed out on its chance to earn a share of the CAAC Blue title Friday.
It will try not to miss out on an opportunity to get to the postseason.
Playoff spots are up for grabs for a few Lansing area teams as the high school football regular season approaches its final week.
The Trojans can get to the state playoffs for the first time since 2012 with a CAAC Blue road win over Okemos next week.
East Lansing is one of five teams from mid-Michigan seeking their sixth win next week. Dansville, Fowler, Olivet and Sexton also can automatically qualify for the playoffs with victories next week.
Dansville, Fowler and Olivet will be trying to extend their postseason streaks, while Sexton is trying to return the playoffs after missing the field in 2015.
Ithaca, Lakewood, Portland, Portland St. Patrick and Pewamo-Westphalia will be trying to complete perfect regular seasons in Week 9. Ithaca, Portland and P-W also went unbeaten in the regular season last year.
Games to watch on next week’s schedule include rivalry matchups between Holt and Grand Ledge and Charlotte and Eaton Rapids. Portland St. Patrick will be playing for the Central Michigan 8-man title when it faces Morrice.
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Week 9 games
Holt at Grand Ledge
Sexton at Eastern
Jackson at Everett
East Lansing at Okemos
Waverly at Fowlerville
Detroit Community at Mason
DeWitt at Portage Northern
Goodrich at St. Johns
Monroe Jefferson at Owosso
Portland at Marshall
Lake Fenton at Williamston
Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central at Lansing Catholic
Eaton Rapids at Charlotte
Lakewood at Ionia
Parchment at Stockbridge
Jackson Northwest at Leslie
Battle Creek Pennfield at Olivet
Pewamo-Westphalia at Hastings
Laingsburg at Durand
Byron at Fulton
Bath at Perry
Chesaning at Corunna
Carson City-Crystal at Potterville
Vestaburg at Saranac
Shepherd at Ithaca
Big Rapids at Alma
Ovid-Elsie at Croswell-Lexington
Dansville at Maple Valley
Portland St. Patrick at Morrice
Webberville at Burr Oak
Ashley at Pittsford