NORTH BRANCH — The North Branch football team closed out their season with a 38-0 loss to Detroit Country Day in a Division 4 regional championship confrontation last Saturday.

Lapeer is where the action unfolded.

With the decision, Detroit Country Day improves to 7-2. North Branch, the Blue Water Area Conference champions, finish as owners of a 9-1 mark.

Detroit Country Day reached the regional title game on the strength of a 41-12 win against Henry Ford; a 21-14 victory over Notre Dame Prep; and a 20-14 triumph against Madison Heights Lamphere. Their first playoff clash was at home, while their next two took place on the road.

North Branch gained admittance to the battle for regional honors with a 65-0 win against Yale; a 35-0 victory over Cros-Lex; and a 42-28 triumph at the expense of Ortonville-Brandon. All of those matchups unfolded at home.

Detroit Country Day (7-2) moves on to the state semifinals this Saturday where they will square off versus Williamston (9-1)

The survivor of that clash plays the winner of the Cadillac (7-2) versus Edwardsburg (9-0) semifinal for the state title Friday, January 22 at Ford Field. That matchup lists a 7:30 p.m. starting time.

Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.