It seems just like yesterday that the nerves that come with the first week of the season were here. With a blink, we have reached the regular season finales of Week 9. For some seniors, they will be playing the final football games of their careers. For other players, they will aim to turn this week into a building block for a deep postseason run. Regardless of the driving factor, everyone will be bringing their best efforts on Friday night. Let’s take a look at the best of our games in Week 9:
Rockford (7-1, 4-1) vs East Kentwood (5-3, 3-2)
There is plenty on the line on Friday night when the Rams and Falcons square off. Rockford can clinch at least a share of the OK Red if they win this contest. On the other side of things, East Kentwood can guarantee themselves a trip to the playoffs if they are able to win this ball game. It is a battle of strengths as the 34.5 point per game Falcons offense squares off with the 13.3 points allowed per game Rams defense. These two teams have split the last six meetings, although Kentwood won last year’s game 28-17.
Hudsonville (5-3, 3-2) vs West Ottawa (0-8, 0-5)
The Hudsonville Eagles are an another team that looks to lock down a playoff spot in Week 9. After two tough losses, Hudsonville will square off against a West Ottawa team that is looking for their first win. Hudsonville has had their two lowest scoring performances of the season, and this will be a chance to rebound as the Panthers have allowed over 50 points per game. Last season, these two teams met twice. Hudsonville won 23-16 in the regular season and 49-42 in the playoffs.
East Grand Rapids (5-3, 4-1) vs Wyoming (3-5, 1-4)
The Pioneers look to lock in their playoff spot with a win in their season finale against Wyoming. East Grand Rapids are one of the best teams in the area, and they have lost three games against the area’s best teams by a combined 19 points. The Wolves have played better football in the last three weeks, and they have played in many high scoring affairs. They have scored 35 points per game, while allowing 39.5.
Forest Hills Eastern (4-4, 3-2) vs South Christian (4-4, 3-2)
A pair of teams with identical records square off with the possibility of reaching the playoffs on the line. Both teams can get to a fifth win by winning this game, and that would leave them up for an at-large selection. These two teams have played nine times since 2008, and this series has been relatively one sided. The Sailors have won seven matchups, including last year’s 35-0 shutout.
Northview (5-3, 3-2) vs Lowell (4-4, 3-2)
Two teams looking to lock in their playoff position square off Friday night. Northview can qualify automatically for the second straight year if they can get past the Red Arrows. Lowell on the other hand can put themselves in a position to earn an at-large bid with this victory, trying to get back in the postseason after missing out last year. In 2018, Lowell lost to Northview 40-23 in the season finale, snapping a nineteen game winning streak in the series.
Greenville (1-7, 1-4) at Forest Hills Central (6-2, 4-1)
The Rangers are hoping to lock down a home playoff game in their season finale against Greenville. Forest Hills Central already clinched a school record fourth straight playoff berth last week. Greenville on the other hand hopes to finish the regular season on a high note with what would be a massive upset victory. In each of the past two years, FHC brought home the victory against Greenville. This includes a 55-0 victory in last year’s finale.
West Catholic (1-7, 1-4) vs Coopersville (0-8, 0-5)
The Falcons and Broncos square off in both of their finales. The season has not gone the way that either of these teams have hoped, but they can both end the season on a high note. Both teams have struggled to score this season, as West Catholic is averaging 11.4 and Coopersville has average just over 9 points per game. West Catholic was won this series each of the past ten meetings, all by 21 points.
Zeeland East (5-3, 3-2) vs Unity Christian (5-3, 2-3)
Another matchup with teams that look to guarantee a spot in the playoffs takes place between Zeeland East and Unity Christian. For the Crusaders, they are looking to get back to the postseason for the sixth straight year, while Zeeland East is trying to make their fifth straight trip to the playoffs. The Chix have had Unity’s number, winning the past six in this series, including 36-13 last season.
Tri County (3-5) at Holton (1-7)
The Vikings and Red Devils both will conclude their season on Friday night. Tri-County hopes to send its seniors off in style with a victory as they travel to Holton for their final games. In last year’s regular season finale, Tri-County played tremendous football en route to a 48-16 victory.
Newaygo (5-3) at Saranac (2-6)
The Lions hope to lock themselves into the postseason in their regular season finale. They will take on the Redskins, who have struggled this year after two straight trips to the postseason. Newaygo is looking to make the playoffs for the third straight year for the third time in school history (2005-07, 2012-14). This is the first ever meeting between the two teams.
Freeland (6-2) at Remus Chippewa Hills (4-4)
The Falcons are back in the playoffs for the twelfth straight season after getting their sixth win last Friday night. The Warriors are fighting to get back to the playoffs if they can scrap together a win at home on Friday night. Last year, these two met in the first round of the playoffs. Freeland was able to emerge with a 16-6 victory in that ball game.
Saginaw Swan Valley (6-2) at Flushing (4-4)
Three wins in the past four weeks have placed the Flushing Raiders on the edge of the postseason. They can make themselves eligible for an at-large position if they are able to overcome the challenge that is Swan Valley. The Vikings are already into the playoffs, and now they are looking to guarantee themselves a home game. This is the first meeting between these teams.