Breaking down the 10 area high school football playoff games in the MHSAA tournament:
Mattawan (6-3) vs. Lakeview (7-1), 7 p.m. Today
Scouting Report: This is a rematch of a regular season game with Lakeview defeating Mattawan, 38-12, as the Spartans went on to win the Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference East Division at 5-0. However, that was also Mattawan’s last loss of the season as the Wildcats ended with a five game winning streak, finishing second in the SMAC East. Lakeview is led by its running game with Dre’On Kemp with 1,144 yards on the year with Malik Schrad finishing with 700. Mattawan also likes to move it on the ground behind Logan Buchler, who had nearly 800 yards on the season.
Second round opponent?: Winner of Portage Northern (6-3) at Portage Central (7-1)
Coldwater (8-1) at Stevensville-Lakeshore (7-2), 1 p.m. Saturday
Scouting Report: This is a rematch of a first-round playoff game last season, won by Stevensville-Lakeshore. The difference is last year’s Coldwater team reached the postseason as a 5-4 qualifying squad and this year the Cardinals had their best season in school history at 8-1. The Cardinals finished second in their first year in the Interstate 8 Conference while Stevensville-Lakeshore won the SMAC West. Coldwater had been a member of the SMAC before leaving for the I-8. Coldwater is led by a running attack by quarterback Sam DeMeester 835 yards rushing and running back Luke Beckhusen with 919.
Second round opponent?
: Winner of Byron Center (7-2) at Zeeland West (9-0)
Harper Creek (5-4) at Plainwell (8-1), 7 p.m. Today
Scouting Report: Harper Creek played a very strong schedule this season, which included No. 2-ranked Lumen Christi and 8-1 Coldwater and two playoff teams from larger divisions in Caledonia and Lansing Everett. The result is that the Beavers made it to the postseason as a 5-4 qualifying school and will hit the road to play Plainwell, which won the Wolverine B East Division. Harper Creek is led by Coleton Swims, who moved from quarterback to running back and finished with 723 rushing yards. David Thompson took over at QB full time in Week 4 and finished with 500-plus passing yards.
Second round opponent?: Winner of Kalamazoo Hackett (6-3) at Eaton Rapids (6-3)
Stockbridge (6-3) at Olivet (7-2), 1 p.m. Saturday
Scouting Report: This is a rematch of a high-scoring game from the regular season that decided the winner of the inaugural season of the Greater Lansing Athletic Conference as Olivet outlasted Stockbridge, 69-48. Stockbridge is in a bounce-back season, having made the playoffs for the first time since 2010, having won only seven games combined over the last three seasons. Olivet is led by Chase Martin with 1,159 yards rushing.
Second round opponent?: Winner of Onsted (6-3) at Lansing Catholic (9-0)
Quincy (6-3) at Jackson Lumen Christi (9-0), 7 p.m. Friday
Scouting Report: A contrast of playoff teams, this is the first time in the postseason for Quincy since 2005. Lumen Christi has made the playoffs every year since 1992. Quincy has never advanced to the second round. Lumen Christi has been to the state finals twice since 2007. Lumen Christi finished as champion in the inaugural season of the Interstate 8 with Quincy finishing in a tie for second in the Big 8.
Second round opponent?: Hillsdale (7-2) at Hanover-Horton (8-1).
Homer (7-2) at Hudson (8-1), 7 p.m. Friday
Scouting Report: Homer started the season at 6-0 before losing its final two Big 8 games and missing out on a second-straight league title. Hudson finished first in the Lenawee County Conference. Hudson had had eight straight winning seasons while Homer made the playoffs last year for the first time since 2006.
Second round opponent?: Pewamo-Westphalia (7-2) at Union City (8-1)
Pewamo-Westphalia (7-2) at Union City (8-1), 7 p.m. Friday
Scouting Report: Union City won the Big 8, going undefeated in the conference. Pewamo-Westphalia finished second in the CMAC, losing to Fowler in the final conference game of the season. The Chargers are led by Aaron Watson with 1,054 yards rushing on offense with Elijah Way coming up with six interceptions on defense.
Second round opponent?: Homer (7-2) at Hudson (8-1)
Pittsford (7-2) at Climax-Scotts (8-1), 7 p.m. Friday
Scouting Report: Climax-Scotts have been to the playoffs every season since 2003 and the Panthers once again won the SCAA. Pittsford finished second in the SCAA, losing to Climax-Scotts in Week 6 of the regular season, 44-14. Climax-Scotts has two players with over 700 yards with Taylor McNally getting 794 rushing and Cody Leversee with 785.
Second round opponent?: Colon (5-3) at Mendon (8-1)
Colon (5-3) at Mendon (8-1), 1 p.m. Saturday
Scouting Report: Colon, playing an 8-game schedule, qualified for the postseason with five wins. It is the third time since 2008 Colon has made the postseason with five wins. Mendon finished first in the inaugural season of the Berrien-Cass-St. Joe Conference. Ronny Moyer led Colon with 982 yards this season.
Second round opponent?: Pittsford (7-2) at Climax-Scotts (8-1)
Waldron (7-2) at St. Philip (8-1), 7 p.m. Friday
Scouting Report: This is a rematch of a regular season game with St. Philip defeating Waldron, 39-8. St. Philip finished the season ranked No. 4 in 8-man football by the Associated Press and won the Southern Michigan 8-Man Football Conference. The Tigers played Waldron twice last year also, winning both and have outscored the Spartans 149-14 in those games. Brayden Darr has scored 132 points for St. Philip this season in eight games with 794 yards rushing as Nick Hurst has added 716 yards rushing.
Second round opponent?: Portland St. Patrick (8-1) at Lawrence (9-0)