Clare-Harrison Rivalry Highlights Sports Overtime

MARION – Marion looks to continue its undefeated start to conference play when it plays host to Grand Traverse Academy in our “MISportsNow Fans’ Choice Game of the Week.”

After dropping its season opener to Peck, Marion (2-1, 1-0) has rolled to wins over Brethren (64-42) and Manistee Catholic Central (42-14), while GTA (1-2, 1-1) recorded just its third win as a program with a 24-13 defeat of MCC in Week 2.

Clare looks to gain an edge in the Jack Pine Conference race when it welcomes in county rival Harrison for our “Overtime on the Road” matchup.

The Hornets (2-1, 1-0) ended a four-game losing streak to the Pioneers (2-1, 1-0) a year ago via a 40-20 win, finishing second in the league standings.

Both programs opened conference play with big wins last week, as Harrison handed Farwell a 54-22 loss.

“If we started off with a loss, I think some people would get discouraged,” Harrison senior James Gillespie said. “If we work hard and come out with a win this week, I think that we can keep the ball rolling this week.

Since opening the season with a 31-28 loss to perennial state power Ithaca, Clare has been on a roll, coasting to wins over Beal City (42-20) and Gladwin (42-6). 

“We’ve definitely made adjustments,” Clare senior Brandon Zinser said. “We come out faster and our practices are up-tempo. We just really had to take a new step in the right direction to get back on track, on top of the conference.”

These are just two of the 15 local games that we plan to show Friday night on Sports Overtime. 

MATTHEW DOYLE

Harrison at Clare

DERRICK LARR

Gladwin at Farwell

GREG MILLER

Boyne City at Kingsley

Detroit Red Wings Prospect Tournament

JIM LEHOCKY

Onaway at Cedarville

ERIC DAVIS

Inland Lakes at Harbor Springs

Traverse City West at Petoskey

NOAH JURIK

St. Ignace at East Jordan

DAVID LYDEN

Grand Traverse Academy at Marion

Pine River at McBain

MATT SOLTYSIAK

Mancelona at Frankfort  

Glen Lake at Onekama

HARRISON LIGHT

Elk Rapids at Kalkaska

BONUS

Grant at Reed City

Lakeview at Morley Stanwood

Newberry at Iron Mountain North Dickinson

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