Harper Creek is in the third round of the playoffs for the third straight year. The 9-2 Beavers will host the 9-2 Tecumseh Indians in a Division 3 regional contest today.
Here’s scouting report on the playoff game:
at Harper Creek (9-2),
7 p.m. Today
Overall: Harper Creek is in the third round of the playoffs for the third straight year, while Tecumseh is in the third round for the first time since 1991. The Beavers have won nine straight games since losing two early. The Indians started the season 6-0 and then lost two of their last three regular season contests. However, Tecumseh avenged one of those losses to league champ Chelsea as the Indians beat their rival in the first round of the playoffs. Tecumseh then beat undefeated Milan last week.
Offense: Tecumseh runs a spread offense with three receivers finishing with more than 30 catches on the season. Indians quarterback Ben Dreslinski threw for 1,905 yards and 24 touchdowns. However, Tecumseh does have a running game also with Spencer Hite at 729 yards and 10 touchdowns so far this season. Dreslinski also ran for 608 yards and nine touchdowns on the year. Harper Creek will look to run the ball with Kasey Carson, who holds the school record in rushing yards and touchdowns in a single season and career. Carson, who has 1,601 yards and 23 touchdowns, runs behind an experienced offensive line that includes Josh Bass, who has verbally committed to play at Eastern Michigan University next season. Connor Bauserman added 537 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.
Defense: Harper Creek’s defense often gets overlooked, but the Beavers didn’t allow more than 14 points in a game the last seven games of the regular season. Zach Testolin leads the charge with 62 tackles, including six sacks and 15 total tackles for loss.
Next: Winner plays winner of Detroit East English (9-2) at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (9-2) – game will be at neutral field on Nov. 17