And now, the waiting game.
Menominee overcame a fourth quarter deficit as Devon Harris scored on a 1-yard touchdown run and the Maroon defense forced a safety in the closing minute as Menominee defeated Petoskey, 22-17, Friday in a non-league contest at Curtis Field.
With the win, Menominee improves to 7-1, while Petoskey closes a 5-4 regular season. The Northmen were looking to win Friday’s game to automatically qualify for the playoffs for a fifth straight season, but now await their playoff fate on Sunday evening when the Michigan High School Athletic Association playoff pairings show will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit.
Menominee took an early lead in the game — 16 seconds to be exact — as Bryan Hines took the opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown. Evan Pohlmann added the extra point as the Maroons led 7-0.
Petoskey tied the game with just over five minutes to play in the first quarter as junior Chase Ledingham — who was playing in his first game since suffering a hip injury against Gaylord in week 6 — scored on his first touch of the game to make it 7-7. Louis Lamberti added the extra point.
The Maroons took a 14-7 lead midway through the second quarter as James Brown scored on a 1-yard TD plunge and Pohlmann added the extra point. Close to six minutes later the Northmen answered again on a 4th-and-1 situation as Quinn Ameel hooked up with Tony DeAgostino for a 30-yard TD pass. Lamberti kicked the extra point as the game was tied at 14-all at halftime.
Lamberti then put the Northmen in front 17-14 in the third quarter with a 37-yard field goal.
The score stayed that way until just under six minutes to play in the fourth when Harris capped a long drive with a 1-yard TD run after picking up a key first down on a fourth-and-short situation.
Menominee then added a safety with just 29.9 seconds to play to close the scoring at 22-17.
Grayling 21, Boyne City 0
BOYNE CITY — Ty Jensen scored a pair of touchdown runs for Grayling while Jake Swander hooked up with Todd Jensen for a 5-yard TD pass as the Vikings clinched their first-ever Lake Michigan Conference title Friday.
The Vikings cap a perfect 9-0 overall, 6-0 league regular season, while Boyne City is 8-1, 5-1. The Ramblers, who clinched their first playoff berth since 2009, were attempting to win their first league title since 2001.
Charlevoix 35, East Jordan 14
CHARLEVOIX — Tanner Catt had 10 carries for 148 yards and a rushing and punt return for a touchdown as the Rayders closed the season with a win at Kipke Field. The Rayders finished at 1-8 overall, 1-5 league, while East Jordan finishes the season 0-9, 0-6.
Manistique 12, Harbor Springs 6 (OT)
MANISTIQUE — Manistique scored the game-winning touchdown on a 1-yard plunge in a second overtime to lift them past the Rams Friday. For Harbor, which closes a 3-6 season, Sam Hansen scored on an 80-yard TD run and finished with 143 yards on 14 carries, while David Walker added 109 yards on 18 carries. Manistique is 6-3.
Mancelona 40, Inland Lakes 8
INDIAN RIVER — Mancelona scored 32 second half points en route to topping Inland Lakes Friday in both team’s regular season finale at Shanley Field. The Ironmen finish a perfect regular season at 9-0, while the Bulldogs finish 4-5.
Johannesburg-Lewiston 42, Pellston 0
JOHANNESBURG — Johannesburg-Lewiston shut out Pellston in both teams regular season finale Friday. Jo-burg closes the season at 7-2, while Pellston finishes at 4-5.