The seventh week of the MHSAA season is here. This week, there are key matchups in determining playoff positions and conference championships. The Michigan Sports Radio team will be LIVE covering key games throughout the area. Check out the previews for the games below:
GREENVILLE (2-4) VS NORTHVIEW (4-2)
The Greenville Yellowjackets struggled last week in their crossover contest against Reeths-Puffer. This puts them in a tough situation at 2-4 with three difficult remaining opponents. The first of these is Northview, who has surprised many teams in their 4-2 start. After a 1-2 start, the Wildcats have won three consecutive contests including last week’s win over Forest Hills Northern. The Wildcats are two wins away from their first playoff berth since 2014, and they are trying to avenge an embarrassing 68-28 defeat to Greenville last season.
WEST CATHOLIC (3-3) VS ALLENDALE (3-3)
The Falcons of West Catholic won their second straight game last week when they knocked off previously undefeated Spring Lake. This week, they try to improve to 4-0 in league play and get above .500 for the first time this season when they take on Allendale. The Allendale Falcons are also 3-3, but they are coming off of two straight losses to Cedar Springs and Catholic Central. Both teams have an opponent remaining on their schedule with five wins, so this game is crucial to the postseason push. West Catholic has won 10 of 15 in this series, including a 72-38 shootout in last year’s finale.
EAST GRAND RAPIDS (4-2) VS MIDDLEVILLE (5-1)
The Pioneers won their fifteenth consecutive OK Gold contest last week when they knocked off South Christian. This week, they will take on the Trojans of Middleville, who have surprised many in the area with their hot start. Despite giving up three straight touchdowns in a 21-14 loss to GR Christian, the Trojans are just a win away from their first playoff berth since 2010. These two teams have played in each of the past two seasons, and East has shut out TK in both of these contests. Last year, it was 34-0 East Grand Rapids, the Pioneers’ fifth win in as many games against the Trojans.
ROCKFORD (3-3) VS HUDSONVILLE (5-1)
The Eagles got back on track last week when they held off Grandville in overtime. They are a half-game back of the OK Red lead as East Kentwood has played in and won one more conference game. This week, they take on Rockford. The Rams had a big week last week when they blew out Caledonia. The Rams are also in the OK Red hunt as they are 2-1 in league play. Rockford has a small margin for error in their pursuit of the playoffs, so this is an even more pivotal game. Last year, Rockford defeated Hudsonville 37-14 in the regular season finale.
JENISON (4-2) VS MONA SHORES (6-0)
The Sailors of Mona Shores have started 6-0 for the third time in four seasons. With a playoff berth wrapped up, the Sailors are now fighting with Muskegon to win the OK Black championship. This week, Mona Shores takes on Jenison, who has a strong 4-2 record on the year. Jenison has won 15 of 20 all time meetings, but Mona Shores has won the last two contests by scores of 40-10 and 42-7.
FREELAND (5-1) VS ALMA (5-1)
The Freeland Falcons won their third consecutive contest last week to improve to 5-1. They are one win away from extending their playoff streak to eleven years. This week, they will try to accomplish this against Alma, who also enters the season at 5-1. Both of these teams have lost to Swan Valley thus far, but have defeated all of the rest of their opponents. Last year, Alma defeated Freeland 21-7.
TRI-COUNTY (2-4) VS FREMONT (1-5)
The Vikings of Tri-County have a tough slate as they have lost their last three games to slip to 2-4. This week, they look to battle back against Fremont. The Packers snapped their 30 game losing streak this year, but they have started a new two game streak. Last year, Tri-County put together a season high 63 points in a 47-point win over Fremont.
NEWAYGO (4-2) VS GRANT (4-2)
After losing the first two games of the year, the Lions have won four consecutive contests. This has put them in a strong position to contend for a playoff berth, but they need a win against Grant. The Tigers are also 4-2 on the season, and they can also make a push to the playoffs, especially with a win this Friday. Last year, Newaygo defeated Grant 20-6.