The high school football season is at its midway point this week. Four weeks are completed, and after this week there are four weeks remaining. The fifth week of the season is always a turning point for teams, as conference championship races and playoff pictures continue to take shape. After taking a look back at this past week’s Remax-United Power Poll and Core Power Performance Impact Players of the Week, look below at the games we will be broadcasting this week:
Rockford (4-0, 1-0) vs Grand Haven (1-3, 0-2)
The Rockford Rams have continued to impress everyone in West Michigan as this season prolongs. They took down another very strong team in Mona Shores last week, with the same formula of running the football and playing sound defense. This week, they return to OK Red play to take on the Grand Haven Buccaneers. After a season-opening shutout of Reeths-Puffer, Grand Haven has struggled the past three weeks. They have been outscored 79-14 in three tough losses to TC West, Hudsonville and Grandville. Rockford has won all eight meetings this decade, including a 21-0 shutout last year.
Kentwood (3-1, 2-0) at Grandville (4-0, 1-0)
The Falcons and Bulldogs have two of the area’s most explosive offenses this season, and they will go head to head on Friday night. Kentwood is averaging 33 points per game, and they are fresh off a 63 point outing against West Ottawa a week ago. Grandville has been even more productive on offense, averaging 41.3 points per game, with a high of 59 against East Lansing. These two teams have split the last six meetings, but Kentwood got the upper hand last year. They were able to win 37-30 in last September’s contest.
Hudsonville (3-1) vs Jenison (2-2)
The Eagles got their second straight league win last week with a gritty road victory against Caledonia. This week, they step out of conference play to face Jenison, one of their old rivals and former conference foe. The Wildcats lost their first two games of the year, but they have been able to back with a pair of conference wins against Fruitport and Reeths-Puffer. Last season, Jenison announced their legitimacy with a 20-12 victory over the Eagles, so Hudsonville will be out for redemption on Friday night.
Forest Hills Northern (1-3, 1-1) vs Lowell (2-2, 1-0)
The Huskies of Forest Hills Northern are looking to bounce back after a tough loss to Forest Hills Central last week. Their task does not get any easier this week, as the Lowell Red Arrows are on the docket. Lowell is also trying to get back in the victory column after their loss to Zeeland West last week. Last season, Forest Hills Northern snapped a seven-game losing streak to Lowell with their 34-21 victory.
Greenville (0-4, 0-2) at Ottawa Hills (1-3, 0-2)
The Greenville Yellow Jackets and Ottawa Hills Bengals meet up in an OK White battle on Friday night. Greenville is still looking for their first win after some tough losses to start the season. Ottawa Hills on the other hand, will look to win their first league game since October 2, 2015 on Friday night. Last season, Greenville shutout the Bengals 35-0.
Northview (3-1, 1-1) at Forest Hills Central (3-1, 1-0)
The Wildcats and Rangers will square off of Friday night in one of the biggest games of the OK White season. Northview has an explosive offense, averaging over 35 points per game and scoring at least 49 points twice. They will run into the Rangers’ defense, who has been stout all season. FHC has allowed 13.3 points per game, but have held all three opponents they have beaten to exactly seven points. Last season, Northview was all over Forest Hills Central, earning a 33-0 victory.
Zeeland East (3-1, 1-0) at Holland Christian (2-2, 1-1)
The Chix bounced back and got their first league win against Hamilton last week. They will try to move to 2-0 in OK Green play when they hit the road to take on the Maroons of Holland Christian. This team has had its ups and downs on the season, and they have a 2-2 record to show for it. Last week, they were unable to get things rolling offensively in a loss to a tough Byron Center team. Last year’s matchup turned into a shootout, and Zeeland East came out with a 56-35 win.
Coopersville (0-4, 0-2) vs Catholic Central (3-1, 1-0)
The Broncos are still looking for their first win of the season after they were defeated by Spring Lake a week ago. This week will be an extremely challenging opportuntity to get that first victory, as they take on perennial power Grand Rapids Catholic Central. The Cougars have racked up some impressive wins by substantial margins already in this young season, and they look to be a contender once again this year. Last season’s matchup was over from the beginning as GRCC beat Coopersville 69-13, to extend their all-time series lead to 9-0.
West Catholic (1-3, 1-0) at Sparta (3-1, 1-1)
It’s must win time for the West Catholic Falcons, as they have accumulated three losses in their first four games. Their margin for error is very slim with five games to play, and things will be difficult on Friday against Sparta. The Spartans are off to a 3-1 start for the third time in four seasons, but they are looking to turn the page and get to the postseason for the first time in six years. West Catholic has won all nine meetings in this series, including 27-13 a season ago.
East Grand Rapids (2-2, 1-0) vs Wayland (0-4, 0-2)
The Pioneers had a great showing last week against the Forest Hills Eastern Hawks, and they now find themselves back at 2-2 on the year. This week, they will try to get their record above .500 when they take on the Wayland Wildcats in OK Gold action. Wayland has struggled to score this season, averaging just 10 points per game. This will be even tougher to improve on this week as East Grand Rapids’ defense has been solid all season, allowing just under three touchdowns a game on average. The Pioneers have swept the three OK Gold matchups, including a 26-0 shutout last season.
Newaygo (2-2, 2-1) vs Fremont (0-4, 0-3)
The Newaygo Lions got back in the win column last week against Big Rapids, a key victory in keeping their CSAA-Gold hopes alive. They will have another must-win game this week against the Fremont Packers. In four games this year, the Packers have been held to single digit scoring outputs three times. Newaygo needs this win, similar to the 55-7 outcome a year ago, if they want to keep pace in the league title race.
Tri-County (2-2, 1-2) vs Grant (2-2, 1-2)
The Vikings and the Tigers have identical records both overall and in league play at this point in the season. Grant’s defense has been strong, allowing just over 11 points per game, but their offense has struggled with only about 17 points per game. Tri-County has been the opposite as they average 24 points per game and allow 29. This will be a battle of strengths on both sides of the field, providing the makings for a great football game. Grant has had Tri-County’s number the past few seasons, winning five in a row including a 14-8 win a year ago.
Freeland (3-1, 2-1) at Alma (1-3, 1-2)
The Freeland Falcons suffered their first loss of the season last week against Frankenmuth. They will look to get back in the win column on Friday night against the Panthers. Alma has lost two consecutive games, which means that they have their backs against the wall in the playoff pursuit. In each of the past two years, Alma has had Freeland’s number, as they got a 21-0 victory a season ago.
Saginaw Swan Valley (3-1, 3-0) at Frankenmuth (4-0, 3-0)
The two teams that sit atop the TVC-Central will square off in Frankenmuth with an inside track to the league title on the line. Swan Valley enters winners of three straight, and by an average margin of 35.7 points. The Eagles are undefeated on the year, and they have a stellar defense. They have allowed just 39 points in their four victories, winning the games by an average of 26.8 points. This will be a fantastic football game between two of the best teams in that league, and in Division 5. In last year’s Week 2 meeting, Swan Valley had their way with Frankenmuth, emerging with a 56-20 victory.