Game Day Bay Metropolis! Information, notes, ticket hyperlinks, Player of the Week and more

BAY CITY, MI – Set the stage for the opening round playoff action in the MLive Bay City high school football scene on October 29, 2021.

Matchday Bay City


* Bay City Western is aiming for its first district semi-final win since 2008 when it traveled to the Midland Dow. The Warriors last defeated Dow in 2012.

* Cass City have made it to the state’s semi-finals for the past two seasons. The Red Hawks bring a winning streak of four games to their playoff opener at Marlette.

* Gladwin coach Marc Jarstfer is a former Clare player and assistant coach. He competes for the second time this season with his mentor Kelly Luplow.

* Gladwin and Au Gres are the only 9-0 teams in the MLive Bay City area.

* Standish-Sterling is home to Maple City’s Glen Lake, which is coached by Jerry Angers of Bay City.

* Au Gres, Mio and Standish-Sterling made an incredible leap in one year’s total winnings and can build on that tonight. Au Gres hit this year’s national high with an improvement of eight wins, while Mio and Standish-Sterling both improved six wins.

* Essexville Garber and Swan Valley will meet for the third year in a row in the playoffs. They each won one of the last two matchups after the season.

* Harrison faces a daunting task in the opening round and faces Traverse City St. Francis, the first-place team in the state.

* With his 25th playoff place, Clare John Glenn is the most accomplished of the 25 teams in the MLive Bay City coverage area.

* Laker and Reese finished the Greater Thumb West Championship tied with Bad Ax. They can unofficially break the tie in their first round match, and the winner can go to Bad Ax in round 2.

* Dave LeVasseur brings a third other team into the playoffs when Laker travels to Reese. Since 2015 he has been training Oscoda, Pinconning and now Laker to play-off places.

Garber’s Caleb Christe (15) runs with the ball in a game against John Glenn on Friday October 8, 2021 in Essexville. (Kaytie Boomer | Boomer |

Get your tickets


Tickets for all playoff games can be purchased online at Tickets to the first round playoff games are priced at $ 7.30, including the GoFan fee, and are supplied in digital form. Links on how to purchase tickets for each territory game can be found in the schedule below.

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Week 10 schedule


Bay City Western at Midland Dow, 7pm

Cass City in Marlette, 7 p.m.

Clare in Gladwin, 7 p.m.

Laker in Reese, 7 p.m.

Maple City Glen Lake in Standish-Sterling, 7pm

Mio at Hillman’s, 6 p.m.

Pecking at Au Gres, 7 p.m.

Saginaw Swan Valley in Essexville Garber, 7pm


Harrison in Traverse City St. Francis, 2 p.m.

Shawn Lauria

Shawn Lauria of the Whittemore Prescott soccer team.

MLive Bay City

Player of the Week


There are no records for offensive linemen.

But if so, Shawn Lauria made an appearance for the books in week 9.

The 6-foot-4,270-pound end paved the way for teammate Nick Smith’s run in history in Whittemore-Prescott’s 68-52 win over Atlanta. Smith charged for seven touchdowns and 490 yards, the highest single-game count in Michigan eight-player football history.

“A lot of those meters can be traced back to Shawn slapping his kid on the buttocks,” said Whittemore-Prescott coach Joe Murphy. “Even if we made it to the middle, we moved it and made it a lead blocker. He is a great burden.

“Pretty much every run Nick has run behind him. It is an important reason why Nick was only touched 10 meters further down the field in some games. “

Lauria’s unsung achievement didn’t go unnoticed when he was named MLive Bay City Player of the Week in an online poll. Lauria received 13,570 votes, a good 40.7 percent of the 33,339 votes cast. He beat Lakers Zac Kretzschmer, who received more than 9,000 votes, while Harrison’s Haydin Sims and Gladwin’s Kaden McDonald also received strong support.

Lauria led the way, just like on the field, while Whittemore-Prescott raced 600 yards in the season finale.

Lauria has enjoyed a strong senior season as a two-way ending. He’s a huge presence with his stature, but he combines that size with surprising athleticism. One of the Cardinals’ top pass catchers, he sometimes switches to full-back and leads football.

And to top it off, he also takes care of his team’s kicking tasks.

“He’s a typical tall guy,” said Murphy. “Off the field, he’s the nicest guy you’ve ever seen. He’s a different type of person in the field. “

Lauria was a solid role model for his team – and others. His little brother Beau works every week as the Whittemore-Prescott water boy.

MLive Player Surveys are non-scientific endeavors designed to encourage fun, fan base, and discussion. The winners will not receive a prize and the results will not affect post-season awards. So take part and vote in the next player poll.

Reese beat Unionville-Sebewaing to secure the first sugar bowl in seven years

Reese will celebrate after winning the 27th annual Sugar Bowl for the first time in seven years against Unionville-Sebewaig on Friday, September 17, 2021 at Reese Elementary School in Reese. (Isaac Ritchey | Ritchey |



Bay City Western at Midland Dow

Clare in Gladwin

Harrison in Traverse City St. Francis

Laker at Reese

Maple City Glen Lake in Standish-Sterling

Peck near Au Gres

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