The 2017 season is finally here! After a long offseason, the Michigan Sports Radio team will be back in action this week as the high school football season is back. There will be six broadcast teams out in the area this week, as well as other staff members providing coverage at three other games. The nine games are briefly previewed below.

THURSDAY’S GAMES

Rockford (0-0) vs Saline (0-0) 4:00 PM

The Rams, led by quarterback Jason Whittaker, will kick off their season in the Big House in Ann Arbor against the Hornets of Saline. This will be a big season opening matchup for both teams, as they both have very deep and talented teams. These two opened the season in 2015 with Saline coming away with a 37-24 win. Last year, their scheduled season-opener was forfeited by the Rams after the health scare. Brock Konkle and Dave VanNoord will be on the call from the Big House on Thursday afternoon.

West Catholic (0-0) vs Jackson Lumen Christi (0-0)

The reigning champions in Division 5 will start their 2017 campaign at home against the Titans of Jackson Lumen Christi, who are the reigning Division 6 State Champions. These two teams have met in the season-opener each of the past two seasons. After Lumen Christi won 22-21 in 2015, the Falcons took the 2016 meeting by a score of 30-13. Tom Mikowski and Joe Sack will be on the call on Thursday night in Grand Rapids.

Tri-County (0-0) vs Lakeview (0-0)

The Vikings open their season on Thursday night against the Wildcats of Lakeview. Tri-County is looking to start off hot this season, and possibly reach their first winning season since 2005. These two teams have met each of the past two years, and the Wildcats have won both meetings, including a 37-6 contest in 2016. Dave Princer and Maisy Nielsen will be live on the call in Howard City.

Freeland (0-0) vs Bay City John Glenn (0-0)

The Falcons of Freeland open their 2017 season at home as they take on the Bobcats of Bay City John Glenn. Last year, the Falcons won their first ten games, and a TVC-Central championship, before falling in the district finals. These two teams opened the season a year ago, and Freeland brought home a 22-6 win. Lou Gamelin will be on the call in Freeland.

Coopersville (0-0) @ Fruitport (0-0)

The Broncos begin their 2017 campaign on the road against the Trojans of Fruitport. Coopersville looks to build off of their 1-8 season, as coach Ed Kaman coaches his debut game Thursday night. A season ago, these two teams met at Grand Valley State in the GRidiron Classic, and Coopersville won 36-13. Scott Morgan will be on the call live in Fruitport.

Hudsonville (0-0) @ Grand Ledge (0-0)

The Eagles open their 2017 season on the road, as they travel to face the Comets of Grand Ledge. Last year, Hudsonville had an eight-win season, including a share of the OK Red championship. These two teams met in the season opener last year, and Hudsonville won by a touchdown. Ken Clemens will be on the call in Grand Ledge.

Caledonia (0-0) v Howell (0-0)

The Fighting Scots open their 2017 campaign against the Highlanders of Howell. Last year, the Scots finished 4-5, while the Highlanders posted a 5-5 record, including a first round playoff exit. This will be the first-ever meeting between these two teams. There is no broadcast for this game, but there will be live scoreboard updates and a post-game article.

East Grand Rapids (0-0) vs Farmington Hills Harrison (0-0)

The Pioneers begin their second year under coach Casey Longo against the Hawks of Farmington Hills Harrison. Last year East Grand Rapids went 8-3, while the Harrison went 5-4. These two schools have met twice in the playoffs, a 3-2 Farmington Hills win in the 1989 Class B Semifinals, and more recently a 42-17 win by East Grand Rapids in the 2006 Division 3 State Championship. There is no broadcast for this game, but there will be live scoreboard updates and a post-game article.

FRIDAY’S GAME

Grand Rapids Catholic Central (0-0) vs Detroit Country Day (0-0)

The Cougars open 2017 in a rematch of their 2016 Division 4 State Championship game, as the Yellowjackets of Detroit Country Day come to town. Catholic Central won last year’s meeting 10-7, and they look to kick off this season in a similar fashion.┬áThere is no broadcast for this game, but there will be live scoreboard updates and a post-game article.