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Zeeland East Chix and Zeeland West Dux covet 2010 playoff berths
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ZEELAND,Mich. (WZZM)- The magic number is six in Michigan high school football.  And both Zeeland schools came up just short of that magic number in 2009.

The Zeeland East Chix and the Zeeland West Dux were both 5-4 a year ago.  Both were a single win away from locking up automatic playoff berths.

For Zeeland East, it was especially painful.  It was the Chix' second straight five-win season after winning a mere nine games the previous six years combined.  The 2009 season also featured a stunning upset of defending state champion Holland Christian.  Senior linebacker Keegan Denuyl tells WZZM this will be the year the Chix play on into the postseason.  They open the season against Forest Hills Eastern.

At Zeeland West, John Shillito brings back about half of his starters from the '09 team that counted a victory over Zeeland East among its five wins.  The Dux, the 2006 state champs in Division 4, open up against Comstock Park.

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