FNF: Favorites shine in round one of H.S. Football Playoffs
Our Friday Night Football Game of the Week takes us out to the Thumb where Ubly and Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port rekindled their rivalry after taking a year off during the regular season. The Bearcats came into the game unbeaten while Laker entered the game with an impressive 7-2 record. Ubly jumped out to an early 30-0 halftime lead and never looked back. The Bearcats advance to the regional finals where they will face Unionville-Sebewaing who beat Cass City 18-14 in round one.
In Frankenmuth the Eagles welcomed Essexville-Garber to town but they were rude hosts. Frankenkenmuth's Jack Lee extended their lead to 18 points with a 3rd quarter field goal and the Eagles never looked back. They eliminated the Dukes 38-6.
Millington hosted Hemlock as they put their 8-1 record on the line. The Huskies looked overmatched from the openeing kick-off, surrendering two first quarter touchdowns and Millington rolled with a 50-7 win.
Carman-Ainsworth had the unenviable task of trying to beat Fenton in round one of the playoffs. The Cavaliers pulled off the upset over Midland Dow two weeks ago and in the post season nothing is impossible. But the Tigers made it look that way as they stomped out any hope Carman-Ainsworth had of an upset, Fenton wins the game 49-19.
Powers Catholic went to the state championship game last season but the 2016 regular season was pretty pedestrian for the Chargers. They were at Lake Fenton trying to do the impossible, knock off the 8-1 Blue Devils. Lake Fenton had the lead late in the game but a 4th quarter score gave Powers the unbelievable upset victory. They advance to the regional finals after beating Lake Fenton 20-19.
Grand Blanc had one singular focus this season and that was to send head coach Joe Delany out on top in his last year leading the Bearcats. They were at Davison trying to put the first dent in the Cardinals record. Davison came into the game with an unblemished at 9-0 and they kept it that way with a 48-12 victory.