The Silver begins conference play (except for Kent City scheduled to play WC who cancelled their season) and the Gold moves into second week of legue competition.
With 6 teams coming in at 0-2 and facing each other, three teams will win their first games this week.
Three teams won't.
Central Montcalm (2-0, 1-0) at Newaygo (1-1, 1-0)
Are the Hornets for real?
This is an intriguing matchup that will help determine the title hopes for both teams. Central Montcalm came into the season dragging along a 13 game losing streak but they have been impressive while notching a pair of tight wins, both coming in front of their hometown fans.
Friday, however, they are on the road facing a Newaygo team that looked solid in their win over Chip Hills. These are obviously not the same squads that met last year when the Lions offense operated like a pinball machine racking up 62 points on the Bees in Stanton but lots of players on both teams remember it to be sure.
The Lions likely have the edge here but we doubt the margin will be like the 48 point spread from last year.
Reed City (1-1, 1-0) at Grant (1-1, 0-1)
The Coyotes made a statement last week when they crushed the Packers by piling up 54 points. After being shut down by Montague.
This week they should find the going a bit tougher when they face the Tiger defense. Grant grabbed a win over a struggling Shelby team then got edged by a spirited CM squad.
Is the rumor of a wide open race for the title a myth to be nipped by the Yotes as they once again plow through the Gold?
Does the 32 game conference winning streak continue Friday after their visit to the Tigers in Grant?
Or do the hosts knock off the defending champs (x8) for the first time since joining the conference 5 years ago and turn the title race into a multi team competition.
Friday should shake out a lot of info on both of these teams.
Big Rapids (0-2, 0-1) at Fremont (0-2, 0-1)
Both teams are 0-2 heading into this one but if the Cards put up the same 22 points they have each of their losses they will likely emerge as the team no longer searching for win number one.
Maybe week three will see the Packer offense minimize the mistakes that have stalled drives and maybe an early score or two would ease up the pressure on a defense that has thus far been handled effectively by a pair of tough o-lines.
The Packers are at home and they won’t be coming back until October so the stadium should be filled with fans hungry for a victory but again, they cannot fall behind early in the game or the Cards could fly out of range quickly
Chippewa Hills(0-2, 0-1) at Tri County (2-0, 1-0)
It has been a great turnaround for Coach Phil Butler’s program running off three in a row to make the school's first playoff appearance since 2004 then following up with a pair of wins to open the current campaign. There’s some Viking spirit simmering over Howard City (and Sand Lake, Coral, etc.) and a win here could provide some mo for their trip to Reed City next week.
Chip Hills needs a win to avoid opening the season with 3 losses something they haven’t seen since 1994 or a few years prior to the current players even being considered much less conceived.
Hesperia (0-2, 0-0) at Holton (0-2, 0-0)
Somewhere near the beginnings of this rivalry Holton posted the first four wins on record For the next two decades the Panthers had a grip on the Devils winning 23 of 25 stretching from the late 1950’s to the mid 80’s.
Since then the teams have played it almost even with an edge to Holton despite one of the wins ceded via forfeit in 2010 due to having a mistakenly ineligible player on the field.
In present history (which sounds very oxymoronic) the Devs lost their opener to an unimpressive Hart team then could not stay with the visiting Eagles of C3 who were able to wear down the undermanned squad of Coach Janos particular after the inevitable injury or two.
Hesperia has opened the season facing two teams who are looking for a return to the postseason and both showed why those aspirations have merit.
Coach Bolles gets a lot out of his players but similar to the dilemma of Coach Jados there just aren’t enough of them.
Both teams have put up points so they know how to get into the endzone when the opportunity presents itself. Who gets there the most often is probably up in the air. A rivalry game such as this one can go either way most years so look for a big play or two to shift the game toward one of these Silver squads
Other CSAA games
Morley Stanwood (0-2, 0-0) at Lakeview (0-2, 0-1)
The Silver is 1-9 this season unless you count White Cloud’s forfeit to Kent City this week.. With conference play beginning the teams without a win (4) will be cut in half.
The Mohawks lost to CM in the opener then faced perennial powerhouse Hopkins who handed them a decisive loss. The ‘Cats got shout out by TC then lost to Onsted who traveled from down near the border of that four letter state to the south.
The ‘Hawks seem to have a bit more offensive capabilities and Lakeview has had trouble stopping anyone thus far so...