Michigan High School Football Playoffs: Holt vs. Howell a District Finale Repeat

Tom MaysContributor INovember 5, 2010

Howell Running Back Matt Sullivan
Howell Running Back Matt Sullivan

The Howell Highlanders will face some stiff competition this evening as they host the Holt Rams.  This game will be a repeat of the district finale last year where Howell fell to the Rams on Holt's home field—this occurred almost exactly one year ago tonight.   

These two teams are mirror images of one another.  Both rely on stingy defense and power football, but this year the home-field advantage goes to the Highlanders. 

While Holt appears to have the edge based upon the thrashing they handed to Hartland last week, a closer look at the other common opponent of these two teams (Grand Ledge) tells a different story. 

Howell bested Grand Ledge in every aspect of the game but gave it all away by committing seven turnovers, four of which were in the Howell red zone.  This allowed the Comets a huge advantage in the field-position game and in the end Howell handed this one to the Comets.  

Howell's schedule has included eight playoff teams, while Holt has faced six.  Howell has had seven games decided by 11 points or fewer; Holt has had four.  

What does it all mean?  

Probably another close one tonight but look for the Howell Highlanders to push the Howell program coached by Aaron Metz one step closer to the state finals.

Howell Highlanders 21, Holt Rams 10