Michigan High School Football Playoffs – How to Watch the State Semifinals | Live broadcast information, start times

Just one win separates 32 schools from Michigan high school football state championship games. Who will be heading to Ford Field at this weekend’s events around the state will be decided.

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Section 1

Detroit Cup Tech vs. Belleville (Bally Sports Detroit, 7 p.m.)

The defending D1 champions are looking to get back into the state title match. Dating back to last season, Belleville has won 23 straight games, and is playing in the state semifinals for the fifth year in a row.

After two years off, Cass Tech is back in contention for the state title. With eight straight wins, including a win over the defending D3 champion the Martin Luther Kings, the Technicians are one win away from returning to the championship game for the first time since 2016.

Those two met again in the 2020 Regional Championship Game, with Belleville coming out on top.

Section 1

Clarkston vs. Caledonia (NFHS Network, 1 p.m.)

For the first time in a decade, Caledonia was in the state semifinals, and first time since moving up to D1. After losing in the regular season finale, the Fight Scots are on a winning streak, and are looking to move into the state title game for the first time since 2005.

Just four years ago Clarkston fell to Chippewa Valley in the state championship game. Now, the Wolves are looking to return to Ford Stadium by looking to their eighth consecutive win this season.

Section 2

Forest Hills Central vs. Dexter (NFHS Network, 1 p.m.)

This is Forest Hills Central’s first crack in the semifinals since falling to Franklin five years ago. Since then, Rangers have failed to make it out of the County Preliminary Round. However, the OK-White champions did make it into the playoffs, after beating East Lansing last week.

After years of meddling, Dexter is brought to life in 2022, and quickly becomes a contender to win it all. Going undefeated in the regular season for the first time in school history, the Dreadnaughts are looking to advance to the State Championship tournament for the first time ever.

Warren De La Salle Collegiate vs. Birmingham Groves (NFHS Network, 1 p.m.)

Defending D2 champion De La Salle is looking to return to Detroit for the sixth time in the past nine seasons. Despite losing once during the regular season, the Flyers have shown they have what it takes to bounce back.

The Birmingham Groves have always been a scrappy program, as this was their third trip to the semi-finals since 2016. However, the Falcons have a chance to play Ford Field with their shot at the title for the first time in school history.

This will be the second time these two teams will officially take to the field. While Groves had a first round win in 2019, the Pilots beat the Falcons in the 2018 semifinals on their way to a state title.

Section 3

DeWitt vs. Muskegon (NFHS Network, 1 p.m.)

Muskegon has arguably been one of the best teams in West Michigan over the past decade or so. Going back to their time at the D2 level, the Big Reds have made it to the State Championship 10 times.

Being one win away from winning back-to-back D3 championships, DeWitt returned to the state semifinals for the fifth year in a row. Although it has not been an easy season, the Panthers look like a team capable of winning another championship.

Since 2017, Muskegon and DeWitt have met in the playoffs three times, with the Panthers winning every game.

Detroit Martin Luther King vs. Mason (NFHS Network, 1 p.m.)

The Detroit Kings came into 2022 having captured their fourth state title since 2014, and their second since moving to D3. They showed signs of weakness during the regular season, but returned to the postseason to fall back into the fourth round.

Mason was one of the victims on King’s road to the championship last year, and he hopes to avenge their semi-final loss a year ago until Saturday. The Bulldogs went undefeated during the regular season, winning another CAAC-Red title.

Section 4

Edwardsburg vs South Christian (NFHS Network, 1 p.m.)

South Christian was the unanimous first team in the division this season. After finishing the regular season undefeated for the first time since 2000, the Mariners had a chance to compete in the state championship for the first time in eight years.

Since winning the title in 2018, Edwardsburgh has fallen to back-to-back semi-finals, despite losing just one regular season game since 2017. The Eddies have scored twice this season on their way to the quarter-finals.

This is the third year in a row that South Christian and Edwardsburg have met in the playoffs, with Eddies winning each of the latter two encounters.

Riverview v. Goodrich (NFHS Network, 1 p.m.)

Goodrich is in the midst of the program’s first 10-win season since 2008, securing her first regional championship in 18 years. They used both solid defense and solid offense to cruise to victory in the state title game.

Riverview is having its best campaign since reaching the D3 state semifinals in 2017. The Pirates’ offense has ramped up this season, scoring 40-plus points six times so far.

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Section 5

Detroit Country Day vs. Frankenmuth (NFHS Network, 12:50 p.m.)

This is Frankenmuth’s fifth trip to the state semifinals since 2016. After a dominant regular season, where the Eagles went undefeated for the third year in a row, they are hoping to reach Ford Field for the second time in three seasons.

Country Day has the advantage of advancing to the State Championship for the first time since moving from D4. DCD has rebounded from losing its last two regular season games, winning each of its first three postseason games.

Gladwin v. Grand Rapids Catholic Central (NFHS Network, 1 p.m.)

Even though they lost their first regular season game since 2019, GR Catholic Central showed in these playoffs that they have the potential to win their fourth consecutive state championship, and their third since moving to D5.

Gladwin had a disappointing finish to 2021, losing in the opening round after going undefeated during the regular season. This year, they’re past the 9-0 mark, and are far from moving into the state title game for the first time.

Section 6

Neguni vs Red City (NFHS Network, 1 p.m.)

Red City are back in the semifinals for the first time since moving to D6, with their last trip to the quarterfinals coming back in D5 in 2017.

Negaunee hasn’t won a provincial championship since 2003, and has had some success since returning from D5 years ago. The Miners had claimed four consecutive shutouts before beating Gladstone 18-12 last weekend.

Clinton v. Grand Rapids West Catholics (NFHS Network, 1 p.m.)

West Catholic has struggled to find the same kind of success since winning five straight championships in the past decade. The Falcons are hoping they can return to glory in their first season as a D6 school.

It was just two years ago when Clinton fell to Montague in the state championship. This year the Redwolves posted the program’s second undefeated regular season in four years, and hope to return to Ford Field for the fourth time since 2013.

Section 7

New Lothrop vs. Traverse City St. Francis (NFHS Network, 1 p.m.)

St. Francis hopes this will be the year they get over the hump and win it all. After losing in the semifinals last season, and the championship game the year before, the Gladiators are the consensus No. 1 in D7 this year.

New Lothrop hasn’t looked as dominant as in years past, but they have the tools to run to the schools third championship in five seasons.

It was New Lothrop that ended St. Francis’ run in 2020, with a win over the Hornets at Ford Field. Neo Lothrop has won three of the last four encounters against the Gladiators.

Napoleon vs. Jackson Lumen Christi Catholics (NFHS Network, 1 p.m.)

Despite three losses during the regular season, Lumen Christi reached the semi-finals for the third time in four years since moving to D7 four years earlier. Since then, the Titans have only made it to the title game once.

2022 has been a great season for Napoleon. After two years of a 1-6 season, the Pirates posted their first 10-win season since 1994, and won their first regional title since 2016.

Section 8

Ubly vs. Iron Mountain (NFHS Network, 1 p.m.)

Two D8 heavyweights meet this season on Saturday.

Despite losing to Negaunee in Week 1, Iron Mountain went on an 11-win streak, allowing double figures just three times this season. This is their first trip to the state semifinals since moving up from D7.

Oble returned to the quarterfinals for the fourth consecutive season. The Bearcats are hoping to avoid the disappointment of falling to Bell City (again) last year, hoping to return to Detroit for the second time in three seasons.

Clarkston Everest Collegiate vs. Ottawa Lake Whiteford (NFHS Network, 1 p.m.)

Whiteford is hoping this season will be similar to the one that saw them take home the trophy from Ford Field in 2017. The Bobcats are back in the semi-finals for the second year in a row after going undefeated during the regular season for the first time in four years.

Everest is still haunted by having to forfeit its semi-final matchup with the eventual state champion in Centerville two years ago. This Mountaineers team may not be as good as the 2020 team, but they have the potential to make it to the State Championship game for the first time in the program’s 10-year history.

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