MIDLAND, MI - This Friday, October 27th, begins the 2023 MHSAA Football postseason. The Midland Chemics and the H.H. Dow Chargers will face off for the second consecutive week at Midland Community Stadium. This time in the Division Two District One semifinal round.
It is the first time since 2020 that both schools will match up in the postseason. It will be the 60th all-time meeting and sixth in the playoffs.
Dow won 29-9 last week to secure a playoff berth and 16th city championship. It was the Chargers' first win against the Chemics since 2021.
Dow quarterback Jacob Jensen had two rushing touchdowns and 299 passing yards. Senior Tyler Streeter stole the show. He racked up 247 all-purpose yards, 171 receiving with two rushing scores, an interception, and a fumble recovery.
Midland’s leading yard-getter was Isaiah Henderson. The senior quarterback ran it 15 times for 72 yards and threw for 35 yards. The lone Chemics score was a Liam Heinz receiving touchdown from Eli Kell. Kell, a junior, went 7-for-10 with 45 passing yards for Midland.
Both teams have a run-first attack. On the season, Midland’s senior running back Jalen Brown led the team with 776 yards on 113 carries. Brown ran 15 times for 55 yards, a week ago.
Dow’s Tyler Streeter and sophomore Garlands Randolph have combined for 16 scores in nine regular season games. Randolph had 24 rushes for 79 yards and a touchdown against Midland.
At the helm for Midland is head coach Eric Methner, in his 16th season. He attributes last week’s loss to a lack of execution.
“There were too many mistakes,” stated Methner. “We didn’t do a good job blocking. It’s assignment football, you have to do your assignment.”
Dow head coach Matt Peterson was happy to see the group of seniors, who were first-years in Peterson’s first season, get the win.
“A lotta love goes out to our seniors,” said Peterson. “A lot of emotions went into that win, our kids are ecstatic to play them again.”
In the five postseason matchups in history, Midland has won four including the last two. Dow in 2015 won 42-7 the last season, the Chargers reached the regional round.
Kickoff is at 7 p.m., with pregame coverage starting at 6:50 p.m. following The Payoff on Sports Radio 100.9 The Mitt.
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