School is back in session across the state of Michigan, as all schools must deal with afternoon practice after a long day of class. Week 2 is a pivotal week for teams, as many try and earn another win before league play begins. The Michigan Sports Radio teams will be broadcasting 12 LIVE games in addition to the website having LIVE scoring updates on the website’s scoreboard page. The twelve LIVE games are previewed below:
Coopersville (0-1) at Hamilton (1-0)
A week following a tough defeat to Holland Christian, the Coopersville Broncos will attempt to get into the win column against another OK Green foe in Hamilton. The Hawkeyes will enter this contest with a 1-0 record after knocking off Godwin Heights last week. These two teams have met in each of the past ten seasons with each time winning five contests. Last year, Coopersville won a 35-31 contest at home against Hamilton behind strong play from Cayden Schneider.
Hudsonville (1-0) at Holt (0-1)
The Eagles of Hudsonville had a explosive display of defense last week as they forced four turnovers that all led to touchdowns in the season opening win over Grand Ledge. This week, they will take on another CAAC foe in Holt. Last week, the Rams were defeated by Caledonia 39-8. Hudsonville has defeated Holt in six of the last seasons, including a 7-3 defensive grind a year ago.
West Catholic (0-1) vs Lansing Catholic (1-0)
The Falcons began the pursuit of their sixth straight state title with a tough 34-12 loss at Jackson Lumen Christi last Friday. This week, they will try to bounce back as they take on Lansing Catholic. The Cougars began their 2018 campaign with a 42-0 shutout win over Lansing Waverly last week. These two schools have met seven times, most recently a 28-6 West Catholic victory in the 2016 playoffs.
Tri-County (0-1) vs Big Rapids (1-0)
The Vikings had a tough season opener last week, as they suffered their fourth consecutive season opening loss to Lakeview. This week, they begin their CSAA-Gold campaign as they face the Cardinals of Big Rapids. Last week, Big Rapids opened their season with a 28-6 win over Shepherd. These two schools have split their matchups the past two seasons, as Tri-County won in 2016 and Big Rapids took home a 28-24 victory last year.
Newaygo (0-1) vs Chippewa Hills (0-1)
The Lions started their campaign last week with a tough road loss to Kent City. This week, they begin CSAA-Gold play when they host the Warriors of Remus Chippewa Hills. Last week, they were also defeated by a 55-8 margin against Muskegon Oakridge. Chippewa Hills has won all four of the last meetings, including a 34-19 win in 2017.
East Kentwood (0-1) vs Orchard Lake St Mary’s (0-1)
Last week, the Falcons fell in an offensive shootout to Mona Shores 48-38. This week, they will try and get in the win column as they face Orchard Lake St Mary’s. The Eaglets are also 0-1 on the year as they were defeated by Macomb Dakota 28-24. Last year was the first ever meeting between these two programs, and the Falcons dominated in a 21-0 shutout victory.
East Grand Rapids (0-1) at Forest Hills Northern (1-0)
In a back and forth affair at Grand Valley State last Saturday, the Pioneers were unable to defeat Zeeland East. This week, they will try and get back in the win column as they travel to Forest Hills Northern. The Huskies opened their season with a nail-biting 22-21 victory over Byron Center. These former OK White foes have met seven times, with East Grand Rapids taking home six wins. Last year the Pioneers won 38-20 at home against Northern.
#7 Rockford (0-1) at Lowell (0-1)
Two of the area’s top programs both suffered season-opening defeats last week as Rockford and Lowell were unable to top out-of-state foes. Rockford lost to Loyola Academy (IL) 27-7, while Lowell could not defeat South Bend Adams (IN) falling 33-6. This is the third straight year that these two teams will meet in the regular season. In each of the two contests, Lowell emerged victorious. They won 21-10 in 2016, and they followed that up with a 14-0 shutout a year ago.
Greenville (0-1) at Allendale (0-1)
Another pair of area teams coming off of tough losses meet in Allendale for a Week 2 matchup. The Yellowjackets struggled with South Christian, unable to stop Peyton Vis and the Sailors, falling 40-14. Allendale however, had a large lead against Unity Christian before ultimately falling at the end. This week, the two teams will meet for the first time ever. Both teams reached the 2016 playoffs before missing the postseason last year, so they need this contest to get a non-conference win under their belt before reaching league play.
Freeland (1-0) vs Carrollton (1-0)
Last Friday night, the Freeland Falcons were resilient in their comeback road victory against Marshall. This week, they host the Cavaliers of Carrollton, a team that used to be a member of the TVC-Central before moving to the East Division this fall. A year ago, these two teams faced off twice and they split the two matchups. In the regular season, Freeland emerged victorious 35-18. Two weeks later, they met in the first round of the playoffs where Carrollton got the best of the Falcons 25-6.
Comstock Park (0-1) at Wyoming (0-1)
The Panthers of Comstock Park put up a very impressive forty-seven points last week. Unfortunately, their defense allowed sixty-eight points to Northview, and they lost by three touchdowns. This week, they will attempt to continue that offensive momentum when they travel to Wyoming to take on the Wolves. Last week, Wyoming was unable to defeat Holland losing 26-8. This is the seventh straight year that these two schools have met, and Comstock Park has won five of the six contests. Last year, the Panthers won 36-14. Wyoming’s only win in the series came in 2016.
#3 West Ottawa (1-0) vs #2 Forest Hills Central (1-0)
In the only battle of teams ranked in our Remax-United Power Poll, the Panthers will host the Rangers. This is the fifth straight season that these two teams have met. After West Ottawa won the first two contests, the Rangers have won each of the last two games. Last year, the 30-27 Rangers victory was the lone defeat West Ottawa suffered in the regular season. As these teams are two of the best in the area this fall, expect this to be a fantastic contest.