Grant at Newaygo
The Granddaddy of all regional rivalries this one is huge and not just for the annual bragging rights afforded the winner. This year as in many years there are steep playoff considerations at stake.
68 times the two teams have met on the field of battle since 1950. The record?
34 wins apiece. Newaygo won 4 in a row beginning with the 1950 game, then Grant peeled off a dozen straight victories before the Lions stopped the streak in ‘66 then dropped 4 more in a row. The Lions won every game played in the 90’s and the teams are 9-9 in the current century.
The Lions have a quick strike capabilities on offense and can score in bunches while the Tigers employ a grinding run oriented game plan that frees up an effective passing game when needed.
Both teams need this one to play beyond the season and neither has an easy road in the final two weeks.
It’s homecoming for the Lions but you can usually toss out any home field advantage in this game since both stands will be jam packed.
If the Lions offense gets hot and puts up some points early it might be a struggle for the Tigers but this game is always as unpredictable as weather in Michigan so…..
Holton at Kent City
How good are the Red Devils? We’re going to find out Friday when they make their first attempt at securing a spot in the playoffs.
Standing in their way?
An undefeated Eagle squad playing at home.
I like the Devils a lot. They’re a good team and play with a lot of heart.
They will need it in this one. Kent City is playoff bound and in addition to scoring a lot have the ability to shut down teams with a stifling defense. Holton will have to play mistake free and get a break or two to pull this one off but it’s high school football and the RD’s and their fans are believers.
Tri County at Fremont
The Vikes have lost 3 in a row to three teams either in the postseason or knocking at the door. They don’t generally score a lot of points but the Packer defense has struggled mightily all season. Fremont might get on the board a time or two despite facing a rugged TC defense but keeping the Vikings out of the endzone is going to be a concern here and will tell the tale of this matchup.
Hesperia at Morley Stanwood
The Mohawks are at home and need this to move within a game of playing a tenth time this season.
The Panthers are a game group despite a thin cadre of competitors on the sidelines and the offense scored 3 times against a tough Kent City defense.
No team except the Eagles have scored more than twice on the MS ‘D’.
The Black Cats will have to jump early to compete here because the 'Hawks can wear down a team and the second half might be a long one for Hesperia.
White Cloud at Lakeview
The Wildcats are far better than their record and the Cloud just does not have the kind of weapons that allow them to keep up with a team like this on the road. Here’s hoping Coach Hance’s team can pull off an upset but, man, it will be a steep hill to climb.