Pandemically influenced standings?
Should COVID related forfeits even count?
If a school is closed due to the virus concerns and is scheduled to play a school equally hit with COVID but one team decides that despite the school closure they’re going to play football…
Can you call that a win?
As we enter the halfway point of the season it is hoped no conference crown ends up being decided by such circumstances.
And what’s up with the rumors of a bit of a player rebellion within one of our local teams after a member of the coaching staff got sacked the day before last Friday’s game? Word has it the players weren’t thrilled with the decision and less thrilled about how it was handled. Coincidentally the team’s defense yielded a boatload of points in the first half.
This week’s games
Tri County (2-1, 3-1) at Newaygo (1-2, 1-3)
The Lions ran up a 28 point lead over the Packers then, as they have been prone to do, let the Packers back in the game in the second half. They held on for the win last week but if the Lions are to hold home court they can’t afford to not have four well played quarters.
TC’s offense can light up the scoreboard quickly and combined with their rather stingy defense the Vikings are going to be a tough opponent.
Fremont (0-3, 0-4) at Grant (1-2, 1-3)
Neither team has won on the field though the Tigers are in the W column courtesy of a forfeit.
The Pack showed some life in the second half last week. While the comeback was a total team effort we were impressed by the way Dirheimer seemed to will his team back into the game on both sides of the line.
The Tigers have struggled on defense and if the Packer offense gets into the rhythm they found in the second half last week the hosts could be in trouble.
Holton (1-1, 2-2) at Lakeview (1-1, 1-3)
The Red Devils knocked White Cloud from the unbeatens on the road last week. Fowler will be getting a lot of attention from the Wildcat defense but he has some soft handed receivers to toss to and with a bit of o-line protection could do some damage.
The Cats went on a scoring spree against Hesperia last week. They likely won’t pile up those numbers against the RD’s but Holton doesn’t want to fall behind early here. A win would be a big step toward a possible trip to the dance.
White Cloud (1-1, 3-1) at Morley Stanwood (2-0, 2-2)
Can the Cloud shake off that loss to the Red Devils and pull off a road win against Morley?
It would surely be a sweet one since the last time a White Cloud team defeated MS most of the current players were just learning to walk. It would keep playoff hopes going with some tough games ahead on the schedule while certainly scrambling the race to the top in the Silver.
Silverthorn has done well in guiding the Cloud offense and the Morley D has given up plentiful points, but the visitors can’t afford a slow start and will need to win the turnover battle to pluck this victory from the ‘Hawks.
Reed City (3-0, 3-1) at Big Rapids (3-0, 3-1)
The battle for the top spot in the Gold features Strickler to Strickland vs. the vaunted Coyote defense.
It’s on BR’s new field where they are undefeated thus far.
Well, 1-0 but undefeated nonetheless.
This is a rivalry game, albeit a one sided rivalry in the past decade-plus. The Cards haven’t beaten RC since 2009 and haven’t come within 4 touchdowns since 2015.
Tough game. Edge to the hosts to snap the string and bring a bit of parity to the rivalry.
Chippewa Hills (0-3, 0-4) at Central Montcalm (2-1, 3-1)
Hornets have been mad as...well...Hornets since their narrow loss to BR last week. They should buzz through a rather porous CH defense.
Kent City (1-1, 2-2) vs. Hesperia (0-2. 0-4)
Cancelled, not forfeited.
-By Ken DeLaat