Dearborn High and Fordson will go head to head Friday in the pre-districts of the 2012 MHSAA Football Playoffs, according to the Michigan High School Athletic Association.
Pre-districts for 11-player playoffs and pre-regionals for 8-player playoffs all take place Oct. 26-27.
Dearborn goes into the first game of pre-districts with a 6-3 record; compared to Fordson's 7-2 record. The winner will face the triumphant team from the match-up of Detroit Cass Tech and Grosse Pointe South in the district finals.
Qualifying teams for the playoffs were divided into eight divisions of 32 schools each. Within each division are four regions of eight teams each; and within those regions are two districts of four teams each. Pre-district pairings are based on regular-season computer rankings, with the first-place team in each district hosting the fourth-place team; and the second-place team hosting the third-ranked team.
The weekend of Nov. 2-3 will have district finals in the 11-player playoffs and regional finals in the 8-player playoffs, at the site of the highest-ranked team which was victorious in the previous round of play.
Regional Finals in the 11-player playoffs will take place Nov. 9-10, at the site of the highest-ranked team that was victorious in district final play. The 8-player playoff semifinals will take place on Nov. 10 at prearranged sites, pairing the winners of Region 1 and Region 2; and the winners of Region 3 and Region 4.
Semifinal games in the 11-player playoffs will take place on Nov. 17.
Tickets for single-session pre-district, district and regional games are $5. At regional sites where multiple games are played and a single admission is charged, tickets will be $6. Single-session semifinal tickets are $6. At semifinal sites where multiple games are played and a single admission is charged, tickets are $7.
The 8-player finals will take place at the Superior Dome in Marquette or Greenville High School on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. Admission is $8.
For the 11-player finals, tickets are $10 per day at Ford Field, allowing a fan to see all four games on a single admission. No in and out privileges are allowed.