Editorial: Nothing impossible for high school playoffs

Published 11:50 pm Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010

Congratulations to the Buchanan Bucks, who qualified for the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s football playoffs Friday night with a win over Berrien Springs.

The Bucks are the first of several schools that we cover that are expected to advance to post-season play.

In Michigan you need six victories to qualify for the post-season. A maximum of 256 teams qualify for the playoffs each year. Right now there are more than 360 teams that have three or more victories with three weeks left in the regular season.

There has never been a case where there have been more than 256 teams that have at least six wins for a nine-game schedule or five wins if a team plays only eight games.

We don’t expect that to be the case this year either.

So that means with all five of our area teams having three victories, each and every one of them remains alive for a playoff berth.

Edwardsburg and Cassopolis need just one more win to qualify as the Eddies and Rangers are 5-1 on the season. Dowagiac and Brandywine sit at 4-2 with three games remaining on its schedule, so the Chieftains and the Bobcats must win two of their final three games.

Niles’ playoff season has already started because at 3-3, the Vikings must win all three of their final games to advance to the playoffs.

Nothing is impossible and we fully expect each of our teams to give it their all over the final three weeks of the regular season. If each and every one of them plays to the best of their abilities and leaves it all on the field, none of them will have anything to be ashamed of whether or not they advance to the post season.

Each of those teams still has some pretty stiff competition left on its schedule, but we know that the coaches and the players are getting ready to lay it all on the line the next couple of Friday nights with the hopes of extending their seasons beyond Oct. 22.

We wish them the best of luck as they face the challenges that await them.