The High School football season is well underway as teams have one-third of their season under their belts. As teams continue to figure out what they are capable of this fall, Michigan Sports Radio will be there providing LIVE coverage of it all. There are eleven LIVE broadcasts on the website this week as well as live scores and full coverage recaps following the action. The eleven games we will cover are all briefly previewed below:
Hudsonville (3-0) vs Caledonia (1-2)
The Hudsonville Eagles have started the Brent Sandee era a perfect 3-0 after defeating Grand Ledge, Holt and Grand Haven to begin the year. They will continue OK Red action on Friday night when they host the Scots of Caledonia. After defeating Holt in the opener, the Scots have let two games snowball away from them, falling big to Cedar Springs and East Kentwood. Last year, these two teams played a hard fought battle that Hudsonville squeaked out 17-10. This was the second straight year the Eagles had beaten the Scots, and the 11th time in 18 meetings.
Coopersville (1-2) at Spring Lake (3-0)
The Broncos of Coopersville have had a tough start to the season, falling to a pair of very good football teams in the first three weeks. They will try to turn things around in their second OK Blue contest when they travel to take on the Lakers. Spring Lake is surprisingly many people around West Michigan with their best start since 2010. They have already surpassed their win total of the past two years combined. A year ago, Coopersville defeated Spring Lake 46-10. This will be the eighteenth all-time meeting, with Coopersville holding a narrow 9-8 advantage.
West Catholic (1-2) vs Grand Rapids Christian (2-1)
Last week, the Falcons snapped a two-game skid and earned their first victory of 2018. They will have a tough contest this week when they take on former City League foe Grand Rapids Christian. The Eagles are 2-1 on the year, with their only loss coming to a perennial power in DeWitt. These two teams met every year from 1973 to 2007, but they have not played since. West Catholic dominated this rivalry, winning 27 of 35 games.
Greenville (1-2) at Cedar Springs (2-1)
After a tough season opening loss to Swan Valley, Cedar Springs has rolled off two very impressive performances in wins over Caledonia and Northview. This week, OK White play continues for them and their opponent the Yellowjackets of Greenville. Last week, they put together an impressive comeback in an overtime victory over Lowell. This is a rematch of last year’s 48-7 Cedar Springs win. The Red Hawks have won five years in a row, but they trail in the all-time series 15-9.
Newaygo (1-2) vs Big Rapids (2-1)
After a pair of tough losses to open the season, Newaygo got into the win column last week against Central Montcalm. This week, they hope to carry that momentum into their battle with the Cardinals of Big Rapids. In the first three games, Big Rapids has won two by large margins, and they also lost to Tri-County. Last year, Newaygo snapped a two-game losing streak in the series with a 34-27 win.
West Ottawa (3-0) vs East Kentwood (2-1)
The MLive Game of the Week features the Panthers and the Falcons, two of the most explosive offenses in the OK Conference. The Panthers are averaging 40.7 points per game, and they have defeated two top rated teams in Forest Hills Central and Rockford. East Kentwood currently averages 52.3 points per contest, as they have scored at least 56 points in wins over Caledonia and Orchard Lake St. Mary’s. Last year, West Ottawa had little trouble in this game winning 34-7. East Kentwood does hold the all-time series lead however, 35-17.
Tri-County (2-1) vs Reed City (3-0)
For just the third time since 2005, the Vikings of Tri-County have started the season 2-1. They will aim for their first three-game winning streak since 2004 when they take on Reed City on Friday night. The Coyotes are the favorites again in the CSAA-Gold, as they have won their first two league contests by a combined score of 94-13. In the past four seasons, Reed City has demolished Tri-County, with their closest margin of victory being 34 points. The Coyotes have won eight of ten all-time meetings, and their twenty-six game conference winning streak (dating back to September 12, 2014) is a strong indicator that things will be tough to change.
East Grand Rapids (1-2) vs Forest Hills Eastern (1-2)
The Pioneers of East Grand Rapids have a legitimate argument (as well as Grandville) on being the best 1-2 team in the state of Michigan. They defeated Forest Hills Northern, but they have lost to two powerhouse teams in Zeeland East and Muskegon, and played them both very tough. This week things get a little friendlier as the calendar turns to league play. Their first OK Gold matchup is against the Hawks of Forest Hills Eastern, who are currently 1-2 on the year. These two teams have played in each of the past two years with East winning a combined 77-0. In fact, in the four all-time meetings, East Grand Rapids is 4-0 with a 169-7 combined score.
Rockford (1-2) vs Mona Shores (3-0)
Another team that began their season 1-2 are the Rams of Rockford. They also have had tough scheduling to start, losing to Loyola Wilmette and West Ottawa. This week, it continues to be tough as they face undefeated Mona Shores. The Sailors have had little trouble in defeating Kentwood, Bay City Central and Reeths-Puffer, and they are poised for their fifth playoff berth in six seasons. This is a contest Rockford needs to try and continue their 23-year playoff streak. These two teams are meeting for the fifth straight year, and each team has won two games. Last year, Mona Shores won 30-24 to narrow the all-time series deficit to 6-16.
Comstock Park (0-3) vs Allendale (2-1)
After putting up 47 points in a Week 1 loss, the Comstock Park offense has struggled to get going in the past two weeks. They have mustered 33 total points in a pair of losses that has sent them to 0-3. This week, the task ahead of them remains tough as they face Allendale and their star player Owen Burk. A two-time Core Power Performance Impact Player of the Week, Burk has electric playmaking ability that can take over a game in an instant. This has been a high-scoring affair as the two teams have combined for 188 points in the last two seasons. Comstock Park won 49-40 last year, their tenth win over Allendale in eighteen tries.
Freeland (2-1) vs Shepherd (0-3)
The Falcons of Freeland started the season with two wins against Marshall and Carrollton before falling in a tough contest last week against Swan Valley. This week, they look for their first TVC-Central win of the season when they take on Shepherd. The Bluejays are 0-3 on the season, and they have managed to score just 28 points this year. Freeland has won all eleven meetings dating back to 2006, including a 42-20 win last year. Despite this recent dominance, Shepherd actually leads the all-time series 21-20-1.