Homecoming for Lions; Packers look to muzzle Coyotes; Tigers host Hornets; Time for Devs to shine? Cloud wins second...off the field.
Reed City (4-0) at Fremont (1-3)
The Packers picked up a win last week on the road...the long road… to Remus. It was the first for Coach Jason Carpenter and will be a confidence builder heading into the postseason.
This will be their third and final home game unless they win out and maybe get one in the first round.
But that would mean beating the Coyotes.
Reed City runs the wing T offense to near perfection and while it is perhaps not the most exciting offense to watch it is extremely productive with the kind of o-line the ‘Yotes possess.
They are averaging close to 50 points a game and last week piled up 646 yards on the ground against Newaygo..
Last week the Packer offense showed signs of progressing to where Coach C. and his staff want them to be. The RC defense isn’t as formidable as, say, Tri County so the opportunity to score is there-particularly if the passing game gets some early traction.
But to beat the undefeated Coyotes?
RC will grind down a defense if given the chance so a few time consuming scoring drives early would help a lot.
And maybe get a few breaks.
Well, likely a lot of breaks.
And maybe a turnover or three.
Chippewa Hills (0-4) at Newaygo (2-2)
Homecoming for a Lion team coming off a high octane loss to league leading Reed City.
The bad news is Newaygo allowed 70 points. The good news is although undermanned in terms of numbers they stayed close for a half against a relentless Coyote offense and put up 40.
The Warriors yield points. Opponents are averaging over 30 and while their offense can score they haven't done it enough to come close to winning.
Central Montcalm (3-1) at Grant (1-2)
The Hornets aren’t blowing anyone out but they’ve beaten everyone they’ve faced except for Reed City.
This has been a challenging year for Coach Geraghty and his squad, missing a pair of games and yet they’ve only really lost one game- a road contest in Big Rapids played after a 3 week layoff...and despite the score a game that could have gone either way.
The Tigers can deliver a win and improve their postseason seeding here out but it won’t be easy. They need to get off to a quick start because if they fall behind, the Bees will look to slog it downfield with time eating drives and the Tigs don’t have an offense conducive to comebacks.
Big Rapids (2-2) at Tri County (2-2)
The Vikes have perhaps the best defense in the conference, allowing teams to cross the goal line just 5 times in 4 games.
Scoring can be iffy, though.
The Cards have won 2 in a row after falling to the 2 teams they are staring up at in the standings.
If TC scores three times they should win.
Morley Stanwood (3-1) at Holton (2-2)
Two weeks ago RD Coach Mike Jados said his squad was “really close to being a good football team.”
Here’s their chance to arrive and claim that distinction.
They lost to Kent City but so has everyone else and barring some key miscues and time spent spinning their wheels in the first half they could have taken the golden football home last week.
But good football teams win big games and this is a big game. The ‘Hawks are tough and kept the scoreboard busy running up 98 points against WC and Lakeview, teams the Red Devils squeaked past.
The hosts need a couple of big plays, way fewer mistakes and for Austin Fowler to find some open receivers early.
Kent City (4-0) at Lakeview (0-4)
The Eagles defense is stellar.
The last 2 weeks the offense has hit their stride.
Long night for the ‘Cats.
Hesperia (2-2) at Perry (0-4)
I can’t see Doug Bolles’ squad dropping this one
The Ramblers can’t score and can’t stop other teams from scoring. Mack Baird and the Johnny Majersky led Panther offense should have a field day Saturday afternoon.
Friday Early Result
White Cloud 1 River Valley 0
The Cloud players would much rather decide this one on the field but it goes in the books as a win, their second by forfeit.