Newaygo @ Chippewa Hills
The Lions look to pull even in conference play with a rough road opponent in the Warriors who will be trying to make it four in a row over their visitors Friday night.
The Warriors hung 51 on the Fremont squad last week but they also yielded 26 points to the Packers as Riley Krim caught four passes for touchdowns…...three from teammate Caleb Koomen and 1 from Warrior Cade Schafer.
The Warriors controlled the game last week by using a relentless rushing game however it’s doubtful CH will pile up over 450 rushing yards on the ground against the Lion defense.
The Lions will have to score and be successful in minimizing mistakes to beat a team like the Warriors on the road at what is always a tough venue.
But from all indications this is a team that believes in themselves. Our guess is they will give CH all they can handle.
Fremont @ Reed City
The Pack put on some airborne offense but it was mostly out of necessity when their rushing attack was stymied by the Chip Hills line. To compete against the Coyotes the run game has to come into play early and that will not be easy against their hosts who boast a tough defense as well as a boisterous crowd on Friday nights. If they can open up room for Koomen and if he can shake the double team off Krim with tosses to his other receivers and if they can pull off a couple of big plays and if they can avoid turnovers….. Well, lots of ifs because the Coyotes are tough.
And at 1-1 they’re certainly not unbeatable.
Even though that loss came against powerhouse Montague.
Grant @ Central Montcalm
The Tigers were hitting on all cylinders for much of the game last week as they built their record to 2-0 to stand as the only undefeated team in the Gold. There were a few lapses here and there but this is a good football team and a well coached squad who make few mistakes twice.
The defense showed a bit of vulnerability to the pass against Big Rapids but Aaron Repke provides a challenge with his ability to run the ball as well as toss it downfield. The Grant secondary (along with a few dropped passes) kept him from doing more damage and the line came up with enough pressure to help rein him in.
The Hornets are tough at home and last week came back from a 20-8 deficit to pull off a 30-26 win over Tri County. They can pile up yards on the ground and Brian Cooper tends to hit his targets when he throws. Trenton Troop can also run and throw and workhorse Jared Evans has an o-line that has been opening holes for him to bust through. Hornet runners should be well acquainted with T.J. Railing by halftime.
Tri County @ Big Rapids
The Cards are 0-2 but as we said earlier Repke can toss the ball and if he can get it into the hands of Braeden Childress and Jackob Martinson they can turn those tosses into big gainers. The Vikes are also 0-2 dropping a heartbreaker to the Hornets last week and a crossover game with Silver contender Lakeview in week one.
These two teams have put on a couple of barnburners the past two years with the home team edging out the win each time. Whoever wins it looks to be a real dogfight between a couple of squads hungry to put up a ‘W’.
Lakeview @ White Cloud
The Indians are struggling on both ends of the field. Friday they face a Lakeview team that had the glow of their opening win over Tri County dimmed by a shellacking by the Rockets of Kelloggsville. The defending OK Silver champs ran up 56 points on the Wildcats and the Lakeview practices this week were likely not pleasant.
Their defense may get redemption this Friday if the Cloud continues to suffer a scoring drought that has yet to see points on the Indian side of the board. A lot will have to go the way of the hosts for them to stay with their visitors and a couple of big plays on both sides of the ball certainly wouldn’t hurt.