Roscommon, Houghton Lake Clash in Pivotal JPC Meeting

MANISTEE – Manistee Catholic Central looks to snap a three-game skid when it welcomes in conference foe Forest Area for our “MISportsNow Fans’ Choice Game of the Week" on Friday. 

In our “Overtime on the Road” matchup, we return to Jack Pine Conference territory for the second straight week as seventh-ranked Roscommon (4-0, 2-0) welcomes in rival Houghton Lake (3-1, 2-0).

“It would be real key for us to win this game,” Roscommon senior Thomas Tiepel said. “That means… if we win this game, it’s a better odds for us to get into the playoffs, which is our main goal right now. To win the Jack Pine would be even crazier.”

Houghton Lake has won three straight after dropping its season opener against Breckenridge (38-29) and has a chance at three conference wins in a season for the first time since 2011.

“This is just a huge step for playoffs for us,” Houghton Lake senior Gavin Masse said. “I’ve been playing since my sophomore year on varsity and this is the first winning season we’ve had. So this would be a huge thing for this program and this community.”

Along with coverage of the Detroit Red Wings Training Camp, we’ll have highlights of 15 local games.

MATTHEW DOYLE

Houghton Lake (2-0, 2-0) at No. 7 Roscommon (4-0, 2-0) The host Bucks can start 3-0 in Jack Pine Conference play for the first since 2006 with a win over the Bobcats.  

DERRICK LARR

Hillman (1-3, 0-1) at Mio (1-3, 1-0) – Hillman looks to get back on track in the North Star League Little Dipper after dropping its first conference contest in two years to Au Gres-Sims in Week 3.

GREG MILLER

Forest Area (3-1, 2-0) at Manistee Catholic Central (1-3, 0-3) – The Warriors look to extend their winning streak to four games for the first time since 2010 in this conference matchup.

Muskegon Orchard View (0-4, 0-1) at Manistee (2-2, 1-1) – Manistee picked up its first league win as a member of the Lakes 8 Conference a week ago with a late rally over Muskegon Heights.

Detroit Red Wings Training Camp – The organization’s annual training camp opens at Traverse City’s Centre Ice Arena.

JIM LEHOCKY

No. 8 Escanaba (4-0, 1-0) at Sault Ste. Marie (1-3, 0-2) – Sault Ste. Marie looks to snap a three-game skid against Great Northern U.P. Conference leader Escanaba.

No. 2 Deckerville (4-0) at Rudyard (3-1) – Rudyard puts its three-game win streak to the test against 2012 state champion Deckerville in non-league action.

ERIC DAVIS

East Jordan (3-1, 1-1) at Inland Lakes (0-4, 0-3) – The Red Devils are off to the best start since 2013 and can improve to 4-1 first the first time since 2003.

No. 3 Cedarville (4-0, 4-0) at Pellston (0-4, 0-4) – The third-ranked Trojans have been on a roll, outscoring opponents 165-30.

DAVID LYDEN

No. 6 Traverse City Central (4-0, 1-0) at Gaylord (2-2, 0-0) – The Blue Devils open Big North Conference play and look to dethrone the defending league champion Trojans.

Boyne City (2-2, 2-0) at Grayling (3-1, 2-0) – Grayling has won four of the last six minutes between the two former Lake Michigan Conference foes.

HARRISON LIGHT

No. 3 Charlevoix (4-0, 1-0) at No. 8 Glen Lake (3-1, 2-0) Division 6 eighth-ranked Glen Lake has been on a tear since dropping a one-score game to Traverse City St. Francis (21-13) in Week 3, rolling over Mesick (76-6) and Onekama (42-7) to open Northern Michigan Football League Leaders play.

JEREMY ERICKSON

Kingsley (0-4, 0-2) at No. 1 Traverse City St. Francis (4-0, 1-0) – The Gladiators return to the gridiron after collecting a forfeit win over Benzie Central last week.

JAKE JOHNSON

Pine River (3-1, 2-0) at Lake City (2-2, 1-1) – With wins over Beal City and McBain, respectively, over the last two weeks, Pine River is in the driver’s seat for a Highland Conference title.

Manton (1-3, 0-2) at McBain (3-1, 1-1) – The Rangers are seeking their first win over rival McBain since 2006.

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