Grizzlies News · Many Changes Set for 2020 High School Football Season


It seems strange to talk and write about High School Football in Michigan when it’s four months away. But with planning for a new format for the upcoming (hopefully) session and postseason for the 2020 campaign, what better time to put the details out now.

For the first time since the 1998 season, a change has come to how schools qualify for the football postseason. In that year was the debut of the “six-and-in” format, giving squads that reached six wins in their nine games (or five wins for eight-game schedules) an automatic bid into the postseason. The Michigan High School Athletic Association would then track the teams with the qualifying wins and fill the remainder of the 256-team field with teams that had the most playoff points, staggered by class. Then using school enrollments, the eight divisions were finalized by region and district.

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