The third week of the high school football season is already upon us, and for a majority of teams in the OK Conferences, conference play begins. Two of our eight games however are key non-conference matchups, including the MLive Game of the Week between two of the top five teams in the Remax United Power Poll. The full broadcast schedule is below, with all eight games taking place Friday night.
Hudsonville at East Kentwood
In the OK-Red opener for both teams, the third ranked Falcons will host sixth ranked Hudsonville. These two teams are very familiar with each other as they have played six times over the past three years with Hudsonville holding a 4-2 edge. Hudsonville was won 18 of the 25 all time meetings.
Mona Shores at Rockford
This is the final non-conference game for both teams as they will start league play next week. Rockford is looking to avoid their first 0-3 start since 1978, while the Sailors are trying to bounce back from a tough Week 2 loss to Zeeland West. Mona Shores won last year’s meeting 31-10, but Rockford holds the 15-5 all-time edge.
Big Rapids at Tri-County
In the second game of CSAA-Gold play for both teams, the Vikings (1-1) will host the Cardinals of Big Rapids (0-2). Tri-County squeaked out a 14-13 win last week against Central Montcalm, while Big Rapids was dominated against Grant 29-7. Last year, Big Rapids won in a 39-36 shootout, and they have won six of the nine all-time matchups.
Freeland at Carrollton
In a battle of 2-0 teams, each fresh off a convincing conference win, the Falcons will travel to Carrollton to take on the Cavaliers. Carrollton has moved to the Tri Valley-Central this season, and they have not faced Freeland since they were both members of the Tri Valley-West from 1989-2005. Freeland has won 16 of the 22 previous matchups.
Comstock Park at Coopersville
Both Comstock Park and Coopersville are 1-1 and coming off a loss entering Friday’s OK Blue Conference opener. The Panthers shutout Coopersville each of the past four seasons, a combined 167-0. Despite the recent struggles, the Broncos hold a 18-16-1 all-time edge in the series.
West Catholic at Zeeland West
In the MLive Game of the Week, the fifth ranked Falcons will put their 13 game win streak on the line as they travel to Zeeland to take on the Dux who are riding a 16 game win streak of their own. The defending state champions have never met.
Stevensville Lakeshore at Portage Central
The Kalamazoo Game of the Week brings two SMAC-West foes together for their first league games on Friday night. Stevensville Lakeshore and Portage Central are each 2-0 on the season, and both have playoff streaks dating back to at least 2012 (1998 for Stevensville Lakeshore). Portage Central squeaked out a 7-6 win a year ago, and they lead the all-time series 7-4.