Tri County (0-5, 0-6) at Newaygo (3-2, 4-2)
The Lions have won three straight while developing a potent offense that has averaged over 40 points a game during the streak.When Connor Swinehart hands it off to Zach Rodriguez or Cooper Heinzman they are gaining yardage in chunks behind an inspired O-line and the running game allows Swinehart to find Anthony Hudson or one of his other receivers when necessary.
The Viking defense has not been able to keep them in contention the last two games and they are spending a lot of time on the field when the offense is forced to play catch-up early on.
It’s homecoming for the Lions and most coaches will tell you this can be more of a distraction than a benefit to a team.
But not this team.
From what we’re hearing these guys seem to have their eyes on the prize.
Few could honestly say they’re not aware of where the schedule takes them next week, but Coach Van Essen and his staff has kept this team focused all season and that doesn’t look to change Friday night.
Grant (3-2, 4-2) at Fremont (0-5, 0-6)
The Tigers also have a huge game on their plate next week and face a winless team.
But it’s not homecoming (It’s next week) and they are on the road playing in Packer territory.
The Grant offense can grind down a defense with workhorse Jared Evans able to pound through the line while qb Trent Throop can put some deceptive moves on the ground to compliment his passing ability and the soft hands of receiver Josh Wright make for a nice target. Credit the o-line for providing big play opportunities,
The Fremont D has struggled this season against teams with far fewer weapons than the Tigers who came back with a vengeance last week after losing two in a row to the two teams everyone else in the conference has lost to as well.
The Pack might score some points from their passing game but a whole lot of things would have to go their way to have a shot at beating Friday’s visitors. Like their cousins to the north the Tigers are undoubtedly aware of who’s coming to town for homecoming next week but the way Coach Geraghty and his staff roll it will be all about the Packers Friday night.
White Cloud (1-3, 1-5) at Morley Stanwood (3-1, 5-1)
The ‘Hawks got stuffed in the Silver Showdown with Kent City last week, as the Eagles shut them out and scored 4 times in clinching their playoff berth.
Practice at MSHS was not likely pleasant this week.
The Cloud got taken out early by Holton at last week’s homecoming game as the Red Devils swarmed past the defense time and again and now the Indians are on the road facing a team they haven’t beaten since 2004.
And to make things a little more uphill for the Cloud the Mohawks can secure an admission to the postseason with a win.
Holton (2-2, 3-3) at Lakeview (2-2, 3-3)
The winner still has a mathematical chance at extending play this season, the loser does not.
Holton’s wins came against teams with a cumulative record of 2-16
The three teams Lakeview has beaten are all winless.
Hesperia ( 0-4, 0-6) at Kent City (4-0, 6-0)
The Eagles are a really good team. They are talented on both sides of the ball, know how to win and go about their business fully expecting to succeed.
Hesperia’s season has been a deep disappointment from a W-L standpoint. This team was touted in pre season as having the potential to not merely make the playoffs but hopefully advance past the first round knockouts of the past two years.
The overtime loss to the Norsemen was a tough start and Godwin is one of the elite teams of the ever rugged OK Silver and they showed it on the Panther home field. That loss might have been expected.
Then it began to tumble with a loss to Morley in overtime at home followed by the stunning comeback win by Holton. Losses to White Cloud and Lakeview have followed and now they face the undefeated and playoff bound Eagles before hosting the team that has won the last game of the season in their state division the past 4 years.
The Panthers have become accustomed to winning and this year has been rough on them.
They may not have a great shot at capturing the win that has thus far eluded them these next two weeks but this is still a good team and a proud one as well.
And we’ve no doubt that they will indeed go the distance.
Chippewa Hills (4-1, 4-2) at Central Montcalm (2-3, 2-4)
My friend Tim (who says he’s not my friend but really is) scored a hole in one early in his golfing career. He shot a 10 in the previous hole and a 10 in the one after the ace.
The Hornets reminded me of his feat when they slapped a 66 on the Fremont scoreboard two weeks ago, an effort that was sandwiched between a pair of shutouts.
The Warriors are still smarting from having the Coyotes spending so much time in their endzone that they started getting mail there. The defense will be out to prove a point and the offense shouldn’t have too much trouble scoring enough
Reed City (5-0, 5-1) at Big Rapids (3-2, 3-3)
The Cardinals host the Coyotes who need a win to secure what looks to be a certain trip to the playoffs. Big Rapids has some playmakers but the question is whether they will they get the time to show what they have under the pressure of the highly respected Reed City D defense.