The first week of the MHSAA football season has come and gone, and it was full of phenomenal action. Check out our recaps, the latest Remax-United Power Poll and the Core Power Performance Impact Players of the Week from the first action of our season.
A quick look ahead to this week’s coverage:
Zeeland East (1-0) vs Detroit Douglass (0-1)
The Chix started their regular season with a dominating 49-14 victory over Windsor Holy Names. This was the fifth season-opening victory in a row for Zeeland East. This week, they will try to move to 2-0 for the fifth straight year when they take on Detroit Douglass. The Hurricanes took on Zeeland East last year in week 2 and the Chix were able to control the game from beginning to end in a 56-12 win. Douglass enters this contest with an 0-1 record after a defeat against Detroit Community.
Zeeland West (1-0) vs GR Christian (0-1)
The Dux were big winners last Friday in a very impressive showing on the road against East Grand Rapids. This week, they will try to add another win against a formidable foe from the OK Gold when they host Grand Rapids Christian. The Eagles were led by Eason Hardouin and his dynamic passing attack (301 yards) in their loss against Rockford. In last year’s meeting, the Eagles took down the Dux 41-26. This has all the makings of an offensive showcase on Friday night.
East Kentwood (0-1) at Grand Ledge (0-1)
The Falcons and the Comets will meet up in a Week 2 battle of teams that are looking to bounce back after tough season openers. East Kentwood was unable to get their offense rolling in their opener against Mona Shores, falling 28-7. They travel to the middle of the state to take on Grand Ledge, who was unable to stop Hudsonville on Friday afternoon, after the weather delay in a 55-13 contest. One of the two team’s weak points will improve and lead to a Week 2 victory.
Rockford (1-0) vs Lowell (1-0)
The Rams impressed in their season opener with a victory over Grand Rapids Christian. They were able to run the ball effectively, led by Jaiden Friesen. This week, Rockford will try to move to 2-0 on the season for the first time since 2014. Standing in their way is the Lowell Red Arrows, who were able to play tremendous defense in a 19-6 victory over Detroit Loyola. In last season’s meeting, Rockford had little problem defeating Lowell, as they left town with a 36-0 victory.
Forest Hills Northern (0-1) at East Grand Rapids (0-1)
Another meeting of 0-1 teams will take place at Memorial Field just off the shores of Reeds Lake this week, though the two teams enter the game with different feelings. For FHN, they are reeling after a 42-14 defeat at the hands of Byron Center. On the other side of things, East Grand Rapids is looking to find themselves on the right side of the final score after a narrow loss against a strong Zeeland West team last week. Last year, these two teams played a phenomenal contest that saw EGR emerge with a 27-21 victory.
Coopersville (0-1) vs Hamilton (1-0)
The Broncos have their home opener on Friday night when they play host to the Hamilton Hawkeyes. In last week’s contest, Coopersville was unable to find the end zone in a 36-0 defeat against Holland Christian. They will try to bounce back against a Hawkeyes team that was on the other end of the spectrum against Godwin Heights. In their opener, they kept their opponents Godwin Heights out of the end zone in a 20-0 victory. Last year, Coopersville won the meeting with a 35-27 victory as a result of a strong fourth quarter.
Northview (1-0) at Wyoming (1-0)
The Wildcats won their season opener with a strong showing against Comstock Park, a 27-8 victory. This week, they will take on a Wolves team flashed offensive weapons all across the board in a 59-25 win over Holland. These two teams have not met since they were both members of the OK Bronze back in 2015. In that contest, Northview won 41-28.
Hudsonville (1-0) vs Holt (1-0)
The Eagles started their season with a bang, dominating Grand Ledge after the restart on Friday en route to a 55-13 victory. They will face their second member of the CAAC-Blue in a row when they take on the Holt Rams on Friday. For the first time since 2012, Holt won their season opener by defeating the OK Red’s Caledonia. Hudsonville has won six consecutive years in this series, including 30-14 in Week 2 last season.
Greenville (0-1) vs Allendale (0-1)
The Yellow Jackets started slow out of the box in Week 1, recording just 65 yards of offense in a rain-shortened opener against South Christian. The Falcons of Allendale are coming to Legacy Field for the Week 2 matchup after a crushing defeat at the end of the contest against Unity Christian. Led by Owen Burk, an Air Force commit, they scored 36 points last week displaying a high-powered offense that will test the Yellow Jackets defense. Last year, Allendale defeated Greenville 36-28.
Newaygo (0-1) at Chippewa Hills (0-1)
The Lions fought back valiantly, but were unable to overcome an early hole in a season-opening defeat to Kent City. This week, they will try to get in the win column when they take on the Warriors of Chippewa Hills. In their season opener, Chippewa Hills was unable to get offensive support for their strong defensive effort in a 12-7 loss. Last season, Chippewa Hills won this Week 2 battle by a 26-21 score, their fifth straight win in the series.
West Catholic (0-1) at Lansing Catholic (1-0)
The Falcons got knocked off in their season opener against Berrien Springs last week, only mustering a field goal in a 28-3 loss. They will remain on the road with a game against Lansing Catholic. The Cougars offense was at full display in a 56-18 blowout victory over Lansing Waverly. This will be a tough test for West Catholic, though it is a familiar foe. These two have played in five of the past six seasons, with the Falcons winning four matchups. In last year’s meeting, LC was able to snap the streak in a 15-14 contest.
Forest Hills Eastern (0-1) vs Holland Christian (1-0)
The Hawks of Forest Hills Eastern took a late defeat in a high-scoring 40-33 contest against Fruitport. They are on their home turf in Week 2 when they will play host to Holland Christian. The Maroons are 1-0 after they shutout Coopersville in a 36-0 affair. With two high-powered offenses, the scoreboard operator may have a very busy night on Friday. Last season, Holland Christian won this one handily, 40-16.
Freeland (1-0) at Essexville Garber (1-0)
The Falcons played in a phenomenal contest against Marshall last Thursday night that went into double overtime. After getting the 27-26 win, they will begin TVC-Central play against the Dukes of Essexville Garber. In their first game of the season against Boyne City, the Dukes looked solid in a 20-6 win. This is Essexville Garber’s first year in the TVC-Central after spending 1989-2018 in the TVC-East. These two teams have not met since 2015 when Freeland destroyed Essexville Garber 68-12 in the Division 5 Districts.
Tri-County (1-0) at Big Rapids (0-1)
The Vikings won their season opener for the first time since 2014 with just their largest shutout victory (35-0) since 2009 against Lakeview. They will try and get to 2-0 for the first time since 2005 when they travel down to Big Rapids to take on the Cardinals. In their season opener against Shepherd, Big Rapids was unable to stop the Bluejays offense, yielding 42 points. Last year, Tri-County pulled out a 26-21 victory.
Swan Valley (0-1) at Bridgeport (0-1)
After a tough loss on the road against Cedar Springs, the Vikings will look to get back in the win column in their TVC-Central opener against Bridgeport. The Bearcats enter at 0-1 after giving up 47 points in a big loss to Milan. Bridgeport, much like Essexville Garber, is a new member of the TVC-Central as a result of realignment. They also met Swan Valley most recently in the playoffs, falling 59-22 in the opening round of the 2017 Division 5 playoffs.