The field for the MHSAA football playoffs was announced on Sunday night, and Howell coach Aaron Metz was proven right, as his team became the fourth from Livingston County to make the playoffs.
The Highlanders (5-4) drew unbeaten Detroit Catholic Central in the first round, while Brighton will play host to Novi.
Howell played host to Catholic Central in their only other meeting. The game, played at Parker Middle School in the 2007 playoffs, saw Catholic Central win 38-0.
Brighton and Novi, former competitors in the Kensington Valley Conference, played in each of four season openers from 2012-15. Brighton won all four.
The winners play in week two of the playoffs, which could mean Brighton and Howell meeting again just two weeks after Brighton clinched the KLAA West Division title at Howell. The second game would be played in Brighton.
Speaking of rematches, it’s definitely a sense of deja vu for Pinckney, which will host Walled Lake Northern in the first round of the Division 2 playoffs, a rematch of Friday’s regular-season finale.
In the other game in that bracket, Walled Lake Western, which beat Brighton on Friday, will be home against South Lyon, which is back in the playoffs after missing last year.
Fowlerville, meanwhile, didn’t know if it would be in Division 3 or 4 going into the weekend.
The Gladiators and coach Bret Shrader learned they will be on the road Friday, traveling to Mason for its first round game in Division 3.
It’s the first time Fowlerville and Mason have met since the 2010 playoffs, which Mason won 56-13. It was Fowlerville’s last playoff appearance until this season.
The winner of that game will play either East Lansing or DeWitt in the second round.