After nearly nine months away, high school football is back. On Thursday, the varsity football season starts and we will be covering live games throughout the entire weekend. Nine games, five on Thursday, two Friday and two Saturday, will be broadcast in their entirety by the broadcasting teams at Michigan Sports Radio, and the links to listen can be found here. Along with these games, all scores involving teams in the OK Conference along with Freeland and Tri-County will be updated live on the site’s scores page. Game recaps will also be available on the site on the front page and the various team pages. The nine games broadcasted, briefly previewed below, will begin their broadcasts at 6:30 unless noted otherwise.
Hudsonville v Grand Ledge
The Eagles, in at number eight in our Power Poll, will face a Grand Ledge team that reached last year’s state semifinals. These two schools have never met, however they both defeated West Ottawa and Holt in 2015. Hudsonville, led by quarterback and safety Jack Mandryk, will look to get a huge win to start the season at home.
Zeeland West v Cedar Springs
In the lone battle of teams ranked in the Power Poll, the #4 ranked Dux take on #10 Cedar Springs. In the two previous meetings (2012 and 2013), Zeeland West won a combined 108-14. Senior quarterback Collin Alvesteffer and the Red Hawks have a large task in front of them facing the defending State Champions in Division 4.
Lakeview v Tri-County
Tri-County starts their 2016 football campaign against a familiar foe, the Lakeview Wildcats. These teams have opened the past two seasons against each other and split the series. In 2014, Tri-County pulled out a 14-13 win, but last fall Lakeview got the last laugh as they defeated the Vikings 28-21.
Bay City John Glenn v Freeland
Freeland is looking for their third straight district championship this fall, and they start their pursuit against the Bobcats of Bay City John Glenn. The Falcons have not lost a season opener since 2010.
Comstock Park v Northview
After six straight trips to the postseason, Comstock Park will begin a new era as Tim Johnson will coach his first game. Northview struggled through some injuries last fall, and the experience may pay off this season. These schools have not met since 1971, when Northview topped Comstock Park 40-6.
Rockford v Saline
The Rams are in as the top team in our Power Poll and they can prove their position with a home game against Saline. Last fall, these two teams met in the opener and the Hornets topped Rockford 37-24. Both of these teams were defeated in the regional finals a season ago.
West Catholic v Jackson Lumen Christi
The three-time defending State Champions in Division 5, West Catholic debuted in our Power Poll at number six. Friday, they face Jackson Lumen Christi, who has made the playoffs every season since 1998. Last year, these teams met in the season opener and Lumen Christi won 22-21.
Coopersville v Fruitport (10:00am)
In the first of four games Saturday in the GRidiron Classic at Grand Valley State University, Fruitport will debut as an OK Conference school as they take on Coopersville. Both teams are coming off 4-5 seasons a year ago, and this win could help one team get over the hump toward the playoffs. The last meeting between these schools was in 1980, when the Broncos were victorious 16-8.
East Kentwood v Farmington Hills Harrison (3:30pm)
In a game being played at Michigan Stadium, the number five ranked Falcons will take on Farmington Hills Harrison. After losing in the semifinals in 2014, both teams lost in the first round of the playoffs in 2015. These two teams met in Week One a season ago and Kentwood pulled out a 35-28 victory.