East Lansing takes on undefeated DeWitt Friday night

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DEWITT, Mich. (WILX) -- The East Lansing Trojans are getting a shot at redemption Friday night, taking on the DeWitt Panthers in the second round of the state football playoffs.

The Trojans, fresh off their thrilling 33-30 win over Haslett, traveled to DeWitt to take on the undefeated Panthers in the Division 3 regional semifinal.

In Week 5, the Panthers won handily, 37-0, to give coach Rob Zimmerman his 200th career win. Zimmerman wasn't playing it safe for Friday's game, though.

"We expect a tremendous game, and we're going to have to play our best to win," he said.

In East Lansing, the Trojans have the mentality of "leaving it all out there" because each game could be the team's last.

"You want to go out doing your best. As long as we do our best, we'll take whatever the scoreboard says at the end," said East Lansing head coach Bill Feraco.

The game will be a tough contest for East Lansing.

Feraco says that's the case, no matter who they're playing, at this stage in the season.

"It's not so much the opponent as needing to take care of ourselves, and do what we need to do on both sides of the ball, to be successful."

The success shown by DeWitt has not been taken lightly by its players.

"I think they're proud of it. There's a lot of pressure year to year to follow the footsteps of previous teams, and I think the kids welcome that. This group certainly has. They like to compete with anyone and everything, so that's a good thing for us," Feraco said.

You can catch the highlights from our Game of the Week at 11 p.m. Friday on the News 10 Sports Blitz.