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South Haven's defense is shown at work bringing down a Brandywine player earlier this season.

After several years of losing seasons that prevented South Haven's varsity football team from advancing to district competitions, the Rams have landed a spot in post-season play.

The Rams finished their regular season with a 6-3 record which enables the team to compete in the Michigan High School Athletic Association's District Tournament. They will open district play at 7 p.m., Friday, against Kalamazoo United in Kalamazoo.

The Titans are coached by former Rams varsity football coach Troy Ayotte, and consists of players from Hackett Catholic Prep and Kalamazoo Christian. Both South Haven and Kalamazoo United sport identical 6-3 regular season records.

The Rams lost their first game of the season to Watervliet, but went on to earn five victories in a row before losing to state-ranked Berrien Springs Oct. 15 and most recently, Constantine, 46-12, this past Friday.

South Haven Coach Mark Eddy said that although the Rams lost their last two games of the regular season, playing state-ranked opponents is actually a plus for the team.

"We have played some tough competition. Our goal is to be at that level," he said. "So, In order to get to that level, you need to test yourself against good competition. When you experience it you understand it. The next step is to prepare and practice at a championship. Therefore, our upperclassmen leave the program better than they found it."