BY DOUG DONNELLY
Whiteford has clinched a share of the Tri-County Conference championship and locked up a playoff berth. Now they are gunning for some Monroe County Region history.
The Bobcats play Britton Deerfield at 7 p.m. at Britton. It’s the final game of the 2018 regular season. Whiteford is attempting to become the first team in Monroe County Region history to go 9-0 three consecutive seasons.
Whiteford (1964-1965), SMCC (1990-1991), Milan (1996-1997), Erie Mason (2002-2003), Airport (2002-2003), Milan (2012-2013) and Whiteford (2017-2018) have all done it back-to-back, but no team has been able to go three straight seasons with 9-0 records.
Dundee came closest, going 8-0 in 1963, 9-0 in 1964 and 8-0-1 in 1965.
With a victory the Bobcats also will have won 23 straight games, tying the 1963-1966 Bobcats for the longest overall win streak in Region history. Dundee went 33 games without a loss in the 1960s but had two ties during that string with the longest winning streak being 22 games.
Over its last 50 games the Bobcats are 45-5. They are 35-1 since the start of the 2016 season. The Bobcats enter the game having won 10 straight against Britton Deerfield.
The Patriots are 1-7 on the season. Quarterback Shane Hoffman has passed for 1,092 yards and 10 touchdowns this season while BD wide receiver Zac Clark has caught a TCC-leading 35 passes for 601 yards. BD’s top rusher is Cole Shiels, who has 270 yards on the ground.
Whiteford is hoping a victory can secure a home playoff game. The Michigan High School Athletic Association will announce the playoff pairings at 7 p.m. on FOX Sports Detroit.
Whiteford leads the TCC in points scored offensively and fewest points allowed defensively. Whiteford was ranked No. 2 in Division 7 in the latest Associated Press poll.
Snooze2you is currently projecting the Bobcats to be placed in the Division 7 playoff bracket.