Reed City at Grant
The first of the two games that should go a long way in telling the tale of the Tiger season.
Grant has not beaten the Coyotes in the three years since they joined the CSAA and their only win against Reed City came in 2000 when they were co-members of the old WWAC East. Last year the Coyotes were responsible for Coach Darren Geraghty’s first loss by stifling the Tiger offense.
That’s not likely to happen this time around. Grant has a strong o-line and ample weapons in the backfield and should be capable of running with the Coyotes. The defense has provided scoring opportunities for the Tigers and seem to come up with big plays when needed.
The hosts don’t make a lot of mistakes and they need to continue that against a Reed City team that feasts on turnovers.
This should be a close one and it won’t hurt that the game is being played at home since Coyote Country is a tough visit. It’s the last home game until the homecoming rivalry matchup with the guys up the road and a big one at that so the crowd should be pretty pumped.
Could be a classic.
Central Montcalm at Newaygo
The Lions went through the toughest part of their schedule the past two weeks. They played well against Reed City and gave Chip Hills fits before seeing the Warriors take control just before halftime.
This is an interesting matchup. The Lions are building a program and this is a win that could help move toward early success in that program. The Hornets can be a dangerous team but they’re prone to mistakes and have yielded their share of turnovers thus far.
The Lion ‘D’ stopped a couple of crucial drives and handled the Warrior running game pretty well. CM doesn’t have a return guy like Koronte Lowery and Cade Schaeffer isn’t behind center.
It’s the first of three home games in the next four weeks and a ‘W’ in front of the home crowd is always sweet.
Chippewa Hills at Tri County
Cayden Luchies to Kyle Proctor.
Seeing that happen a few times would certainly help the cause.
The Vikings can score and the Warriors can have defensive lapses but they are a strong team on both sides of the ball with speed and size. CH can grind down teams and pile up points.
The Vikings need to keep the ball out of Warrior hands for as long as possible and not get into a scoring race they’re not likely to win. TC fans are looking for their team to put one up on the win column and they’re playing at home but a lot of good things need to happen if the Vikes are to be victorious in this one.
Fremont at Big Rapids
The Pack has scored 6 touchdowns and Riley Krim has 5 of them.
There are other weapons in the Fremont arsenal but the issue has been defense with the team yielding nearly 50 points a game.
Cardinal QB Aaron Repke leads an offense with plenty of speed and quick strike capabilities.
Big Rapid isn’t Reed City on the defensive side and the Pack can likely move the ball a bit more this week but they will have their hands full on defense and will need some big stops to stay in this one.
Kent City at White Cloud
In 1996 White Cloud won a single game. They defeated Kent City when the Indians shared membership in the old NCAA with the Eagles.
This year the Cloud is still searching for win number one but securing that first ‘W’ could be a heady task against a Kent City team that returned a number of key players from last years successful squad. The undefeated Eagles are halfway to a second straight playoff berth and on a conference collision course with Morley Stanwood for a late September game but they are a well coached team unlikely to be distracted from taking care of business along the way.