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AUDIO: Coldwater to play first ever football play-off game at Stevensville Lakeshore Friday night

Coldwater varsity football team at playoff announcement rally, October 27, 2013
MHSAA football playoff announcement rally at Coldwater High School, October 27, 2013
Coldwater varsity football team at playoff announcement rally, October 27, 2013
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COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - The Coldwater Cardinals are headed to the state football playoffs following their first winning season since 1989. The MHSAA playoff qualifiers and pairings were announced last night and Coldwater’s 5-4 record and strength of schedule earned the Cardinals a berth in the post season. Coldwater’s first round opponent is Stevensville Lakeshore with the Division Three, Region Two pre-district game set for Friday night at Lakeshore at 7 pm. We’ll have live coverage of the contest on AM 1590 and FM 95.5 and stream the audio on-line at wtvbam.com with our pre-game show beginning at 6:30.

The Cardinals finished the regular season Friday with a 54-27 win at Marshall. Coldwater qualified as the third seed in their Regional district with 54.556 playoff points. Lakeshore, with a 6-and-3 record, was an automatic qualifier as were all teams with six wins. The other Region 2 District 2 pre-district pairing has the fourth seed Sturgis Trojans and their 5-and-4 record facing number-one seed St. Joseph. The Cardinals earned one more playoff point than the Trojans in part because of Coldwater’s Week 5 34-14 homecoming victory over Sturgis. Coldwater played at St. Joseph in the both team’s season opener with the Bears beating the Cardinals 33-14.

Pre-game tickets for Friday’s Coldwater at Stevensville-Lakeshore matchup will be sold at the CHS Athletic office on Thursday from 7:30 am-4:00 pm and 7-8:30 pm and on Friday from 7:30 am-1:00 pm. Pre-purchasing a ticket does not guarantee a seat. It just saves you time from standing in line Friday night at Lakeshore, where the gates open at 5:30 pm. Seating is on a first come first serve basis with no reserved seats.

Coldwater is the only Branch County football team to make the playoffs. Area teams that earned a post season berth include half of the teams in the Big Eight, including conference champion Homer, along with Reading, Jonesville, and Springport.