The 2017 season is well under way as the MHSAA teams all have two wins under their belt. While most teams begin conference play, there are also some huge non-conference matchups. Michigan Sports Radio will be LIVE across the coverage region to bring you the best action Friday night has to offer.
#7 ROCKFORD VS #2 WEST OTTAWA
The Rams earned their first win of the season last week when they shutout Lowell. This week, they begin OK Red play against West Ottawa, the number two team in the Remax-United Power Poll. Last week, in perhaps the best game of the season, the Panthers defeated FHC in double overtime. These two teams were at the top of the OK Red a season ago, but the West Ottawa win in Week 7 gave them the league title. In the postseason, West Ottawa got the Rams again in the district finals.
COOPERSVILLE VS ALLENDALE
The Broncos, fresh off an impressive win against Hamilton, will begin their OK Blue campaign against Allendale. Last week, Allendale defeated Greenville thanks in large part to Owen Burk, one of the Core Power Performance Impact Players of the Week. Last year, the Broncos snapped a five-year losing streak with a four point win in early October that helped them reach the postseason.
#8 HUDSONVILLE AT GRAND HAVEN
The Eagles have had a hot start to the season as they defeated a pair of CAAC foes. They opened the season with a strong showing against Grand Ledge, and then they rallied for a win against Holt last week. This surprise start has spring boarded them to the #8 spot in our Power Poll. This week, they begin OK Red play against Grand Haven, another surprise team thus far. The Bucs have won both of their games, defeating Reeths-Puffer and TC West.
WEST CATHOLIC VS COMSTOCK PARK
The Falcons find themselves in an unusual spot beginning the season 0-2. They will try to shake their slow start this week as OK Blue play begins with a home game against Comstock Park. Last week, the Panthers lost their second game of the year falling by two to Wyoming. Both teams need this win badly if they want to keep their postseason hopes in plain view. Last year, West Catholic beat Comstock Park 48-20 for their fourth straight series win.
TRI-COUNTY AT CHIPPEWA HILLS
Last week, Tri-County got in the win column for the first time this season, and they matched their 2017 win total in a victory over Big Rapids. This week, they hope to get their second win as they travel to Chippewa Hills. The Warriors got their first win of the season last week over Newaygo. Both teams enter this one undefeated in CSAA-Gold play. Last year, Chippewa Hills emerged victorious 42-20.
NEWAYGO AT CENTRAL MONTCALM
The Lions slid for the second week in a row, falling just short to Chippewa Hills. This week, they continue CSAA-Gold play on the road against Central Montcalm. The Hornets have lost their last six contests, including two defeats to Morley-Stanwood and Grant thus far in 2018. Last year, Newaygo won this battle 42-0, their second straight in this series.
#10 EAST GRAND RAPIDS VS #1 MUSKEGON
In one of the best games this week, the Pioneers host the Big Reds Friday night at Memorial Stadium. Muskegon has won sixteen consecutive games, including last year’s Division 3 Championship Game. The Pioneers fell late to Zeeland East in the opener, but a late touchdown last week carried them over FHN. These two teams met back in 2016 in the district finals, with Muskegon winning 28-10. The Big Reds also won 56-28 in 2015, and 37-7 in 2014 in their only previous meetings.
FREELAND VS SWAN VALLEY
The Falcons of Freeland have started their season on the right foot with a pair of victories over Marshall and Carrollton. This week, they will aim to avenge a Week 4 loss from a year ago when they host Swan Valley. The Vikings are reigning champs of the TVC-Central and they reached the Division 5 finals last year. They also enter 2-0, defeating Cedar Springs and Frankenmuth, so this game should be an early factor in the league race.
GREENVILLE VS LOWELL
For the first time since 1993, the Lowell Red Arrows are 0-2 after getting shutout by Rockford last Thursday. They will begin OK White play against another 0-2 team in the Yellowjackets of Greenville. Last week, Greenville saw a huge day from Allendale’s Owen Burk derail their hopes for victory. These two teams have met 43 times since 1950, with Lowell taking home 32 of the contests. The last Greenville win came in 2010 in a 35-21 victory.