Traverse City Record-Eagle

Prep Sports

November 1, 2013

More prep playoff showdowns

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Whittemore-Prescott (6-3) at Lake City (8-1), Friday, 7 p.m.

Highland Conference runner-up Lake City gave up only six points in the season’s first six weeks, and the only team to get the best of the Trojans — Beal City — is in a different division. Whittemore averages giving up three times as many points (18) each time out as the Trojans did combined in the season’s first half dozen contests. It wouldn’t be a big stretch to see Lake City meeting Ishpeming in the regional final.

DIVISION 8

Atlanta (5-4) at Johannesburg-Lewiston (7-2), Friday, 7 p.m.

Johannesburg has tightened up its defense and hasn’t given up 20 points in the last six weeks — all victories, not coincidentally — after surrendering an average of 31 in a 1-2 start. The Cardinals have won 20 straight games against the Huskies since Atlanta’s last win in the series in 1992. And Joburg has won by an average score of 40.6-9.25 in the last two decades, although the two have never met in the postseason.

EIGHT MAN

Bellaire (5-4) at Kinde-North Huron (6-3), Saturday, 3 p.m.

Bellaire skidded into the playoffs, losing its final three regular-season contests — although those three setbacks came to teams with a combined 22-5 record. North Huron notched its first eight-man playoff win last year with a 14-8 win over Peck before a second-round exit. Meanwhile, Bellaire has four playoff wins and two eight-man state championship appearances in the last three years.

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