MHSAA football: Ishpeming returning to state championship game

MARQUETTE – The Ishpeming High School football team is heading back to Detroit to play in its second-straight MHSAA Division 7 state championship at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30 at Ford Field.

The Hematites (13-0) will play Detroit Loyola (13-0) in a rematch of the 2012 Div. 7 title game won by Ishpeming, 20-14, at Ford Field.

Loyola won its state semifinal game 52-7 on Saturday against Homer.

Ishpeming eliminated the 2012 MHSAA Div. 8 state champions, Harbor Beach, on Saturday 44-10 at the Superior Dome in one of three state semifinal football games on the Northern Michigan University campus.

In the first game, Beal City beat Forest Park 34-18 in a Div. 8 semifinal. Menominee plays Muskegon Oakridge in the evening game for a spot in the Div. 5 championship.

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