For the ninth consecutive year, the Olivet High School football program has earned a berth in the MHSAA playoffs.
Coach Gabe Priddy’s Eagles will play at Berrien Springs on Friday, October 28 at 7:00 PM in a Division 5 contest. Olivet is the No. 4 seed in Region 3/District 2, squeezing in with a 5-4 record. The locals were rewarded for their tough schedule, which included victories over two playoff teams (Homer and Stockbridge) and losses to four playoff squads (Lake Fenton, Lakewood, Portland and Pennfield) with a combined record of 30-6.
Berrien Springs, a 27-21 winner over Olivet in last year’s first-round playoff game, is the No. 1 seed. The Shamrocks finished the 2016 season at 6-2 overall, losing to Culver Military out of Indiana and an 8-1 Cassopolis team. Four of Berrien Springs’ six victories came against playoff qualifiers.
“I feel like we are getting a second chance after we thought we were out on Friday night,” said Priddy, referring to Olivet’s heart-breaking 22-19 loss to Pennfield.
“I’m looking forward to getting back to practice with this group of kids. Berrien Springs is a really good football team. They are big and play good defense. We will have our hands full up front.”
The other two teams in Olivet’s district are Buchanan (5-3) and Dowagiac (6-3), who will play at Dowagiac High School Friday night. The district championship game is scheduled for November 4-5.