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Four 0-2 Football Teams that should still make the playoffs

Football   | Jeff Dullack

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Two weeks into the MHSAA Football season, several teams have gotten off to an 0-2 start, but these are four teams that should still be able to get to six wins and qualify for the playoffs.

 

1.Canton (0-2)

This is the first time Canton has begun the season 0-2 since 1998, but make no mistake, this team will be one of the most dangerous in the state when the playoffs begin. The Chiefs had one of the more difficult schedules to start the season, facing Dearborn Fordson and Walled Lake Western, but have a favorable schedule the rest of the way. Despite the 0-2 start, look for Canton, led by Mr. Football candidate Markus Sanders, to be preparing for the postseason after week 9.

2. Rockford (0-2)

It was an unfortunate start to the 2016 season for the Rams, having to forfeit the season opener to Saline due to over 50 players being sick and then fell to Lowell in week 2 of the season. While the Rams still have a difficult schedule facing them for the rest of the season, they still remain one of the state’s most talented teams and it wouldn’t be any surprise to see Rockford in the postseason in late October. This is the first time Rockford has started a season with an 0-2 record since 1978.

3. Oak Park (0-2)

After a week one loss to the state’s No. 1 team, Oak Park fell in a 13-12 heartbreaker to Birmingham Groves. Even though the Knights are 0-2 they will still be in contention for a playoff spot throughout the year, but will have a tough road to win six out of their next seven with Clarkston, Southfield A&T, Rochester Adams and Farmington Hills Harrison still on their schedule. However, this isn’t unchartered territory for Oak Park as the Knights qualified for the playoffs last season after an 0-2 start.

4. Ann Arbor Pioneer (0-2)

It has been a tough two weeks for the Pioneers through two weeks, getting outscored by opponents 71-21 so far this season. But if Pioneer can find a way to knock off 2-0 Temperance Bedford next week, or Saline in week 6, then it will have a very good chance at making the postseason this fall. With Mr. Football candidate Antjuan Simmons (committed to Ohio State) leading the way, I wouldn’t count out the Pioneers just yet. Pioneer started both the 2011 and 2012 seasons with an 0-2 mark, but still managed to not only qualify for the playoffs, but it also won at least one playoff game both years.