In a blink of an eye, the MHSAA Football season has reached its eighth week. For most teams, there are only two more games this football season. There are plenty of teams that are trying to extend their season to the tenth week, and you can track this with us at our Playoff Central page. This week, the Michigan Sports Radio is back on the air covering the area’s top games. Check out a quick preview of the games in our coverage this week:
GREENVILLE (2-5) VS FOREST HILLS NORTHERN (4-3)
The Yellowjackets of Greenville suffered a tough loss last week against Northview to officially eliminate themselves from playoff contention. Their opponent this week, Forest Hills Northern, still has plenty to play for. The Huskies are 4-3 on the year, and they need a win in their final two games to clinch a playoff berth. These two teams have played in each of the last six seasons, and Forest Hills Northern has emerged victorious in every contest. This includes a 42-21 FHN victory in Week 9 last year.
COOPERSVILLE (1-6) VS FRUITPORT (1-6)
The Broncos of Coopersville lost their fifth straight contest last week when they gave up a late touchdown in a defeat against Comstock Park. This week, they leave league play to take on Fruitport. The Trojans also have just one win on the season, a 41-0 victory over Union in Week 4. These two schools have opened each of the past two seasons against each other and the Broncos have won both contests. In 2016, they won 36-13 at Grand Valley State and they won 35-12 a year ago.
WEST CATHOLIC (4-3) VS GR CATHOLIC CENTRAL (6-1)
The Falcons of West Catholic have won all four of their OK Blue games thus far to put themselves back above .500 and once again in the playoff conversation. This week, the five-time defending champions in Division 5 will take on the two-time defending champions in Division 4 in Grand Rapids Catholic Central. The Cougars lost to Division 1 Saline in Week 2, but they have won all six of their other contests. The winner in this one will bring home the OK Blue Championship. Last season, Catholic Central defeated West Catholic in a 35-33 nail biter en route to an undefeated season.
EAST GRAND RAPIDS (5-2) VS GRAND RAPIDS CHRISTIAN (5-2)
Though Middleville and South Christian mathematically are still alive, Friday night’s matchup between East Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids Christian will more than likely decide the OK Gold Championship. If the Pioneers win this contest, they would win their third straight outright OK Gold championship. In fact, the Pioneers have won all sixteen of their league games since realignment placed them in the OK Gold back in 2016. Last season, East Grand Rapids defeated the Eagles 28-7 in this contest.
ROCKFORD (4-3) VS GRANDVILLE (3-4)
The OK Red is completely up for grabs with two weeks to play. There are five teams that mathematically remain alive in the league title hunt, and Rockford and Grandville are two of them. The Rams are 3-1 in league play, while Grandville sits at 2-2. Even more importantly for these teams, there are heavy playoff implications in this one. Rockford already has three losses, and Grandville has four, so they have very little margin of error if they wish to play in Week 10. Last year, the Rams got the best of Grandville in a 27-0 shutout.
ZEELAND WEST (6-1) VS ZEELAND EAST (6-1)
Three teams remain alive in the OK Green title hunt, and the two Zeeland schools lead the chase with undefeated OK Green records. Each team suffered an early non-conference blemish, as Zeeland East lost to Catholic Central while Zeeland West fell to Grand Rapids Christian. This crosstown rivalry is sure to produce another fantastic night of football. Zeeland West has won 10 of the 15 meetings since the schools split back in 2005. Last year, these two teams met twice as Zeeland East took the regular season battle 28-8 before falling in the playoffs the next week by a 42-27 margin.
HUDSONVILLE (5-2) VS EAST KENTWOOD (6-1)
Two other teams that remain alive for the OK Red Championship are Hudsonville and East Kentwood, and they meet on the gridiron on Friday night. These have been two of the biggest surprises in the area, as many pegged the Eagles to be one of the younger and more inexperienced teams this fall, and the Falcons have exceeded their expectations as well. Last year in Week 3, the Falcons took home the victory 24-17.
FREELAND (5-2) VS BIRCH RUN (4-3)
The Freeland Falcons have completed the TVC-Central portion of their schedule, and they find themselves just one win shy of clinching a spot in the postseason for the eleventh straight year. They will try to accomplish this week against the Panthers of Birch Run. The Panthers are also alive in the postseason hunt if they win their final two games of the season. There are two common opponents in Standish-Sterling and Carrollton. Freeland defeated Standish-Sterling 17-14 and Carrollton 36-13. Birch Run on the other hand defeated Standish-Sterling 38-7 and Carrollton 35-0. The last time these two teams played it was 1969, and Freeland won 40-0.
TRI-COUNTY (3-4) VS CENTRAL MONTCALM (0-7)
Last week, a last second touchdown gave Tri-County their third win of the season. They will try to match their biggest win total since 2010 when they take on Central Montcalm on Friday night. The Hornets have struggled this year, losing all seven games including an 80-0 defeat to Reed City last week. Central Montcalm will try and snap their eleven game losing streak on Friday, but they haven’t beaten the Vikings since 2014. Tri-County won last year’s matchup 30-26.
NEWAYGO (5-2) VS REED CITY (7-0)
After two season opening losses, Newaygo has won their last five games to pull a win within reaching the playoffs. This week, the task is tall as they take on Reed City. The Coyotes are undefeated on the season, and they have won their last 30 games in CSAA-Gold play. Their last loss however did come to Newaygo back on September 12, 2014 as the Lions won 14-6. Last season, Reed City won 24-12 in the only game that was decided by two touchdowns or less during CSAA-Gold play for the Coyotes.