The first two weeks of the football season have come and gone. The third week of the season is a key turning point in every teams’ season. Conference play begins for most of the OK Conference teams, and it has already begun in the TVC-Central and the CSAA. For those teams at 2-0, this is a great step to get halfway qualified for the playoffs in the first third of the season. For those at 1-1 or 0-2, its the chance to make sure that the season is on the right foot and there is a chance for the postseason in their sights for the back half of the year.
East Kentwood (1-1) vs Caledonia (1-1)
The Scots and the Falcons each begin OK Red play on Friday. They are each coming off of impressive Week 2 victories, and will look to carry momentum into this week’s game. For Caledonia, they were able to control the clock and take care of Cedar Springs, will they be able to do that against an athletic Falcons team? On the other side of things, Kentwood was able to come out of their shell and score 39 points against Grand Ledge. Whichever offense will be able to set the tempo on Friday should be able to lead their team to victory. Last season, Kentwood scored early and often in a 56-20 win, snapping a two-game winning streak by the Scots.
Hudsonville (1-1) vs Grand Haven (1-1)
The Eagles split the first two games of their season, as they took a crushing loss in the final minute against Holt last Friday night. This week, they begin OK Red play against the Grand Haven Buccaneers, who are also 1-1 on the year. They were able to shutout Reeths-Puffer in their opener, but they were unable to get things rolling in a 19-7 loss to Traverse City West. In the last seven seasons, Hudsonville has had little trouble defeating Grand Haven. They have won all seven matchups by an average of 24 points, including a 41-0 shutout last season.
Rockford (2-0) at West Ottawa (0-2)
The Rams have started their season by playing consistent offense, scoring 24 points in each contest. Their defense was able to carry them to victory over Grand Rapids Christian and Lowell by yielding a total of 21 points in those two games. This week, they begin OK Red play against a West Ottawa team that is reeling, and looking for a fresh start with the league play schedule. The Panthers lost both of their first two contests, including 30-7 last week to Forest Hills Central. After 16 straight losses to the Rams, West Ottawa is currently on a two-game winning streak against Rockford, including 45-40 last year.
West Catholic (0-2) at Comstock Park (1-1)
The Falcons are 0-2 for the second straight season, as they have gone up against two tremendous offenses in Berrien Springs and Lansing Catholic. They now begin OK Blue play as they take on Comstock Park, who come in off of a 28-14 victory over Kalamazoo United. These two schools have met each of the last 11 seasons, with the Falcons coming out with a win in 10 of those years (2013 being the exception). Last season, West Catholic was able to defeat Comstock Park 35-14 to record their first win of the season. They will hope to duplicate this feat this year.
East Grand Rapids (1-1) at Muskegon (2-0)
The Pioneers were able to get back in the win column with a blowout victory over Forest Hills Northern. This week, they will take on Muskegon, the #1 team in the Remax-United Power Poll. The Big Reds are 2-0 and have defeated perrenial powers Warren DeLaSalle and Detroit King by a combined 82-25 in the first two games of the year. Last season, these two teams met twice. Muskegon won the regular season matchup by 28, and then they squeaked out a 7 point win in the playoffs.
Coopersville (0-2) at Allendale (1-1)
The Coopersville Broncos have yet to get in the winning column this season, but their offense improved from Week 1 to Week 2. They will need their offense to take another large step this week as they take on Allendale, who has one of the highest scoring offenses in the area. They are averaging 40 points per game, including scoring 44 points in a 20-point victory over Greenville, as Owen Burk was able to account for four touchdowns. He is the key for the Broncos defense to try and stop if they want to win this game. Last year, Allendale was able to score 41 points in their win over the Broncos.
Forest Hills Central (2-0) at Grandville (2-0)
A pair of undefeated teams will meet Friday night in Grandville as the Rangers will visit the Bulldogs. FHC’s defense has been strong, holding Jenison and West Ottawa to seven points a piece. Their offense clicked in all facets this past week when they hung 30 points on West Ottawa. Their defense will be put to their biggest test of the season so far in Grandville. The Bulldogs have taken scoring to a whole new level, putting up 106 points in two games. Their most impressive output was 59 in last week’s blowout win of East Lansing. Last year, this game went down to the wire with Grandville emerging from the close contest with a 37-36 victory.
Zeeland East vs Catholic Central (1-1)
The Zeeland East Chix and Grand Rapids Catholic Central Cougars will both play their first game against a West Michigan opponent in a Week 3 showdown. After a forefit win over Detroit Douglass, the Chix are looking to build off of the 49 point display they put on in Week 1 against Windsor Holy Names. Their opponent this week was also able to defeat their Detroit area foe (River Rouge) in Week 1, but they lost a tough game against out-of-state Niles Notre Dame (IL) last week 21-14. Last year, the Cougars defeated the Chix 17-13.
Northview (2-0) at Cedar Springs (1-1)
The Wildcats have been scoring at will, and in big chunk plays. They got four touchdowns of 35+ yards last week on their way to a 49-point game in a victory over Wyoming. This week, their tempo will be tested against a Cedar Springs team that likes to pound the ball in between the tackles and chew up the clock. Last week, they were beaten at their own game in a tough defeat against Caledonia, 19-12. In last year’s game, Cedar Springs was able to hold Northview to their lowest scoring output of the season with a 26-10 win.
Greenville (0-2) at Lowell (1-1)
The Yellowjackets are 0-2 after a pair of tough losses to start the season. They will get a clean slate of the sorts with the start of OK White play on Friday night. They will travel to Lowell to take on the Red Arrows, who have already matched last season’s win total with their Week 1 win over Detroit Loyola. These two teams played a remarkable game last season, with Greenville prevailing 41-35, snapping a Red Arrow run of dominance in the series.
Newaygo (1-1) vs Central Montcalm (2-0)
After a win over Chippewa Hills to even their record at 1-1, the Lions will try to move to 2-0 in CSAA-Gold in their game over Central Montcalm. The Hornets snapped a 13-game losing streak and have started the season 2-0 for the first time since 2011. They are now trying to snap a three-game losing streak against the Lions, as Newaygo dominated this game last year, coming away with a 62-14 victory.
Tri-County (2-0) vs Chippewa Hills (0-2)
The Vikings are 2-0 for the first time since 2005 with impressive wins over Lakeview and Big Rapids. They will try to go to 3-0 for the first time 2004 when they take on Chippewa Hills this Friday. The Warriors’ offense has struggled to score in their first two games, racking up just 19 total points in defeats to Gaylord and Newaygo. Last year, Tri-County pitched a 12-0 shutout on the road over Chippewa Hills.
Freeland (2-0) at Standish Sterling (1-1)
The Falcons are undefeated after the first two weeks of the season for the ninth season in a row. They will try to get to 3-0 for the first time since 2017 when they face Standish Sterling. Freeland was able to win the last three seasons in this matchup, including 17-14 a year ago on a game-winner by Jack Dreyer.
Saginaw Swan Valley (1-1) vs Birch Run (1-1)
After defeating Bridgeport in blowout fashion in Week 2, the Vikings are 1-0 in league play. This week, they will try to go to 2-0 in league play when they face Birch Run. The Panthers are also 1-1 after they defeated Caro in their opener before losing to Alma in Week 2. This is Birch Run’s first year in the TVC-Central after being in the TVC-East from 1989-2018. These two teams have not met since the 2005 district finals. In that game, Birch Run came out with a 41-27 victory.