For the third time in their 46-year football rivalry, Dow High and Midland High will meet in the playoffs.
One week after the Chargers beat the Chemics 49-28 to end the regular season, Dow (8-1) hosts Midland (7-2) this Friday at 7 p.m. at Midland Stadium in a Division 2, Region 2, District 1 semifinal. Dow is the second seed in the district, and Midland is the third seed.
Chargers’ coach Jason Watkins said that while his team played very well in last week’s win, it still has to improve going into the playoff opener.
“Our execution was very good on both sides of the ball. It was our best game so far,” he acknowledged. “But we still have a better game in us. … Watching the film, we found things that we’re going to have to improve upon.”
Chemics’ coach Eric Methner knows it’s incumbent upon his team to make the necessary adjustments this week.
“This (rematch) just provides the same challenges all over again,” he said. “Dow played one of their best games of the year last week, and it will be our challenge to make sure that doesn’t happen again this week.”
In their only previous playoff matchups, Midland beat Dow in 2005 and in 2013.
The winner of Friday’s game will play the winner of the game between top seed Fenton (8-1) and fourth seed Holly (5-4) in the district final next week.
Tickets for the Dow/Midland game will be sold at both high schools on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. All tickets are $5. No passes are accepted at MHSAA tournament events. The stadium gates and ticket booths will open at 5:30 p.m. Friday.