The 2019 season is entering its sixth week of action. This week, a handful of teams across the area will be able to clinch a playoff spot with a victory this week. There are important games in terms of conference races as well. Below are all of the games that Michigan Sports Radio will cover this week:
Rockford (5-0, 2-0) at Caledonia (2-3, 1-2)
The Rockford Rams are one win away from reaching the postseason for the 25th straight season. They could accomplish this week on the road against Caledonia. Rockford’s defense has been sound, allowing just over 12 points per game. This will be a tall test for the Scots to play the role of spoiler and keep their playoff hopes alive. Rockford has won by a combined 170-45 over the past four seasons defeats, but Caledonia fans will never forget the 2014 meeting when Caledonia dominated Rockford 42-0.
Hudsonville (4-1, 2-0) vs Grandville (5-0, 2-0)
The Eagles won their third straight game last week with a victory over Jenison. This week, they have a tough task when they face rival Grandville. The Bulldogs are undefeated, and just a victory away from clinching a spot in the playoffs. Their offense has been solid, averaging 37.4 points per game. Last year, Hudsonville bested Grandville 16-13.
Kentwood (3-2, 2-1) vs Grand Haven (1-4, 0-3)
The Falcons will look to bounce back after a one-point defeat against Grandville last week. They will face a Grand Haven team that played one of their best games this past week when they lost to Rockford. The Bucs defense has been solid, holding opponents to under 20 points per game, but their offense has only averaged 10. Kentwood got the best of Grand Haven last year 55-6 for their sixth straight victory in the series.
Coopersville (0-5, 0-3) vs Sparta (4-1, 2-1)
Sparta had a very impressive showing last week when they dominated West Catholic 48-7 to move to 4-1 on the year. This week, they will look for win five when they take on Coopersville. The Broncos are still looking for their first win of the season, as their offense has struggled. They are averaging just 7 points per game so far this season. These two teams have played an even series over the past eight years, each winning four meetings. Last year, Sparta won 49-14.
West Catholic (1-4, 1-1) at Spring Lake
The Falcons of West Catholic have their backs against the wall for the final four weeks. Their sixteen year playoff streak is in jeopardy, as they already have accumulated four losses. They need to win the final four games to have a chance to reach the playoffs, and this starts on the road against Spring Lake. The Lakers also have their eyes on the playoffs, as they are 3-2, including back-to-back shutout victories. Each of the past three years West Catholic was able to defeat Spring Lake, including 38-8.
East Grand Rapids (3-2, 2-0) at South Christian (3-2, 2-0)
A pair of undefeated teams in the OK Gold will square off in Comstock Park at Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps on Friday. The Pioneers have had two great conference wins the past two weeks, winning by a combined score of 91-20. South Christian, despite losing to Unity Christian last week, has been able to average 31 points per game this year. Last season, East Grand Rapids won their fourth straight in the series by a score of 42-29.
Forest Hills Eastern (2-3, 1-2) at Wayland (0-5, 0-3)
The FHE Hawks are at a crossroads in their season. They are 2-3 on the year, and they have completed the toughest two game stretch of the OK Gold slate. They now have four games, in which they must win at least three to have any shot at the postseason. This places a high importance on the Week 6 game against Wayland. The Wildcats are looking for their first win, and they are struggling to score with just a 9.2 points per game average. Last season, Wayland got the best of the Hawks, winning 42-28.
Northview (3-2, 1-2) vs Forest Hills Northern (1-4, 1-2)
Two teams in need of a win will square off Friday night at Northview High School. The Wildcats will look to restart the offense after being shutout a week ago against FHC. Forest Hills Northern is in a similar boat, as they average just 15 points per game this season. The Huskies have won three of four in this series, but Northview won last year 38-31.
Greenville (1-4) at Reeths-Puffer (2-3)
The Yellow Jackets are back in the win column after battling back to defeat Ottawa Hills last week. They will step away from OK White play to take on Reeths-Puffer in a crossover game. The Rockets are well rested, as they did not have a game a week ago. They have been streaky offensively, topping 30 twice but being held to 13 total points in the other two games. Last year, Reeths-Puffer dominated Greenville from the kickoff in a 52-16 game.
Zeeland West (4-1, 1-1) vs Unity Christian (4-1, 1-1)
The Dux and the Crusaders meet in one of the area’s best games this week. Two teams with identical records, both overall and in league play, this game has OK Green title implications. The Dux offense has been explosive, averaging over 40 points per game. Unity Christian has been exquisite on defense this year, allowing just 16 points per contest. Last year, Zeeland West was one of two teams to knock off the eventual Division 5 State Champions, as they beat the Crusaders 38-14.
Saginaw Swan Valley (3-2, 3-1) at Standish-Sterling (3-2, 2-2)
The Vikings took a tough loss last week against Frankenmuth. They will try to get back on track and stay within striking distance of first place when they travel to Standish-Sterling. The Panthers are winners of two straight games, and they have topped 30 points three times this year. They will go up against a Swan Valley defense that has allowed an average of 16.4 points per game this season. Swan Valley has won each of the past three years, including 48-7 a season ago.
Freeland (4-1, 3-1) vs Birch Run (1-4, 0-4)
The Freeland Falcons remain in the TVC-Central title race, just a game behind Frankenmuth. In order to keep pace, they have to take care of business against Birch Run this Friday night. The Panthers have lost four straight games, and they have been defeated by an average of 26.8 points per game in league play. Last year, Birch Run was able to defeat the Falcons for just the second time in seven tries. They won that game 35-12.
Tri County (2-3, 1-3) at Newaygo (3-2, 3-1)
The Vikings and the Lions square off in a CSAA-Gold contest. Tri-County needs this win to keep their playoff hopes alive, as they already have accumulated three losses on the season. They will need to ramp up the defense, which has allowed an average of 36.8 points the last four games. This will be tough against Newaygo, who has topped 40 points in each of their last two victories. Last year, Newaygo got the best of the Vikings, winning 49-14.