MHSAA Football Divisions Announced

The Michigan High School Athletic Association released the football divisions for the upcoming 2020 football season. This is a change from previous seasons, when the divisions were determined at the end of the season. The new strength of schedule system was put in place for this year and rewards teams for playing a tougher schedule. Part of the change included determining divisions based on enrollment and forming 8 equal divisions prior to the start of the season. That date was today April 20th.

Here are the where the schools that FNV covers ended up.

Division 1: Monroe

Division 2: Bedford

Division 3: Carlson, Huron, Riverview

Division 4: Airport, Jefferson, Milan

Division 5: Dundee, Flat Rock, Grosse Ile

Division 6: Ida, Erie Mason

Division 7: SMCC

Division 8: Whiteford, Summerfield

A few schools appear to have moved around a bit and for the most part it will benefit those schools.

Ida (6) has qualified for the playoffs 7 out of the last 9 seasons. Each of those has been played in Division 5.

Flat Rock (5) last qualified for the playoffs in 2017 and played in Division 4.

Grosse Ile (5) has qualified for the playoffs 5 out of the last 9 seasons and played in Division 4.

SMCC (7) seemingly qualifies every year for the playoffs and has bounced around a bit, but usually falls in Division 6.


The biggest thing coming out of the new playoff format is the announcing of the divisions in April. FNV thinks this is a win for everyone

Division 1 is absolutely loaded, but this comes as no surprise. That is always the case.

Division 3 will be super competitive with teams like Detroit Martin Luther King, Birmingham Brother Rice, Muskegon, Orchard lake St. Mary’s, River Rouge and the two Zeeland schools. This will be a tall task for the FNV teams; Carlson, Huron and Riverview to navigate. Those schools could draw a River Rouge or an MLK early on.

From what FNV can tell, is that Division 4 will be one of the most manageable for the local teams. If teams like Milan and Airport can have quality seasons again, they could advance in the playoff.

SMCC appears to have been better off if they would have stayed in 6 because Division 7 looks ridiculous. The division includes Lumen Christi, New Lothrop, Pewamo-Westphalia, Detroit Loyola, Ithaca, Schoolcraft and Traverse City St. Francis. That is a virtual whose who in lower division football in the state of Michigan.

Division 5 could be a nice place for Flat Rock, Grosse Ile and Dundee. No other local teams (meaning Detroit area) really stand out. If these schools can make the playoffs, one of them could put together a little run.

7 thoughts on “MHSAA Football Divisions Announced”

  1. Looks like SMCC’s easy runs to Ford Field are over with. D7 is murderer’s row of championship programs. Could you imagine a district with SMCC, Riverview Gabriel Richard, Detroit Loyola and Schoolcraft ? YIKES!

    Ida is the winner in all of this, they now have a nice path to Ford Field when they have a good team.

    1. All depends on how the map lays out. I can tell you this, Schoolcraft will never be in the same district as SMCC.

      D7 is tough no doubt.
      I would imagine however that Coach Kipf’s focus is on galvanizing his team and winning week 1.
      Both tough tasks considering the climate.

      Week 10 and the playoffs for anyone at this point, are a luxury now more than ever.

    2. Armchair Analyst

      Easy run to Ford Field is an interesting statement. We all know anything can happen on any given Friday night. You make it latter in the season anything can happen, especially with injuries. Any playoff run by any school deserves credit where credit is due. Whether it’s Whiteford, SMCC, Review, GI, Huron, Ida or Milan all teams who off the top of my head have made runs in the past 10 years.

      D7 is going to be some great football from the pre district all the way to the finals, regardless of who makes it through there.

      I don’t think many teams are looking at the playoffs but more or less how to get their kids physically ready for the start of the season.

    1. I hope Mason can make the playoffs… I think they can being in the TCC. Might need to go 6-3.

      Big opener vs Lutheran North. They win that one, I think they will have what it takes.

      If they do get in, they will most likely be pitted vs an old foe from the LCAA.. Onsted or maybe BCC.

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