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The high school football season opened a week ago for every team across the great state of Michigan. For some, the first game ended in a victory, and they will look to build off that momentum in Week 2. For others, the first week was a humbling defeat, and they will look to bounce back and get in the win column. Whichever side of the scoreboard your team finished a week ago, the Michigan Sports Radio team will be there, covering eight LIVE broadcasts on Thursday and Friday night.
Hudsonville (0-1) vs Holt (0-1)
The Eagles of Hudsonville are back in action on Thursday night, as they take on their second straight opponent from the CAAC. A week ago, Hudsonville took an early lead before ultimately falling to Grand Ledge. They will attempt to bounce back and get a win against the Rams, who lost 53-13 against Grandville. These two teams have played each of the past six seasons, and the Eagles have won five of these matchups, including a 38-7 victory last year.
Tri-County (0-1) vs Central Montcalm (0-1)
CSAA-Gold play begins in Week 2 as the Tri-County Vikings take on the Hornets of Central Montcalm. Each team lost their season-opener, as Tri-County fell to Lakeview while Central Montcalm fell 12-6 against Morley-Stanwood. Last year, the Vikings won this contest 14-13, their second straight win in this series.
Freeland (1-0) at Chesaning (1-0)
TVC-Central play also starts in the second week of the season, as the Falcons of Freeland begin pursuit of their third straight league title. After defeating Bay City John Glenn in the season opener, the Chesaning Indians are the next opponent. Chesaning also enters Thursday’s game unbeaten, as they defeated Saint Charles 26-0. Freeland has won eleven consecutive years against the Indians, including a 41-18 contest a year ago.
Coopersville (1-0) vs Hamilton (0-1)
The Broncos enter their second game unbeaten for the second season in a row after defeating Fruitport last Thursday. They will try to improve their record to 2-0 when Hamilton comes to town in the home opener. For the Hawkeyes, they will try to avoid an 0-2 start after falling 45-35 to Godwin Heights a week ago. Last season, Hamilton defeated the Broncos 32-14.
West Catholic (0-1) vs Muskegon Heights (0-1)
A week ago, the four-time defending Division 5 State Champions began their season with a narrow 27-24 defeat against Jackson Lumen Christi. They will attempt to get their first win under their belt in the second week of the season as they host the Tigers of Muskegon Heights, who also enter the contest without a win, losing 29-22 against Harbor Springs last week. These two teams met last season, and the Falcons came away with a 48-20 victory.
Gobles (0-1) vs Kalamazoo United (1-0)
Another set of Tigers, Gobles, will be looking for their first win on Thursday night as well. Gobles, who fell 61-8 to Coloma last week, faces another tall task in Kalamazoo United, who defeated Saugatuck 34-21 in their opener. In 2016, Gobles defeated Kalamazoo United 56-35.
Grandville (1-0) vs Warren DeLaSalle (0-1)
The Bulldogs had a strong season opener, topping Holt 53-13, and they moved up to number three in the Remax-United Power Poll. Week Two provides Grandville another strong opportunity to move up the rankings as they take on perennial power and 2014 Division 2 State Champion Warren DeLaSalle. This is the second tough game against an OK Conference foe for the Pilots, as they fell 36-6 against Lowell in Week 1. Thursday’s contest is the first ever meeting between the two programs.
Rockford (1-0) vs Lowell (1-0)
The feature matchup on Friday will be a battle of two of the best teams in West Michigan. The #2 Lowell Red Arrows will hit the road for the second straight week as they face the #4 Rockford Rams. Last week, they both earned impressive wins against top teams from Michigan’s east-side, as Lowell defeated Warren DeLaSalle 36-6, and Rockford shutout Saline 14-0. These two teams met a season ago, and the Red Arrows emerged victorious 21-10.