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      Powers, Carman-Ainsworth and Swartz Creek clinch playoff spots

      Powers' Catholic's Nick Sullivan returns a kickoff 80 yards in the Chargers' win over Davison

      Three Flint-area schools clinched playoff spots as Powers Catholic, Swartz Creek and Carman-Ainsworth all improved to 6-0 with convincing victories.

      In Burton, the Chargers capped an emotional week with 42-28 win over Davison, avenging an early deficit to clinch its second straight playoff appearance. The top-ranked team in Division Five got the win hours after they laid to rest former coach Jack Pratt.

      In Brandon, the Swartz Creek Dragons beat the Blackhawks 35-17, giving the school its first-ever playoff appearance. The Dragons had to avenge an early 10-7 deficit in order to win.

      At Carman-Ainsworth, the Cavaliers used a 29-0 lead in the first quarter to put away Flint Northwestern 50-0. Jevonte Alexander returned an interception for a touchdown in the second quarter to help put Carman-Ainsworth in the playoffs for a second straight year.