Frankfort, Charlevoix Clash in “Overtime on the Road”

LAKEVIEW – Ludington looks to continue its best start (6-1) since 1999, when its visits Lakeview (4-3) for our “MISportsNow Fans’ Choice Game of the Week” on Friday.

In our “Overtime on the Road” matchup, Division 8 No. 5 Frankfort (7-0) travels to Charlevoix (6-1, 2-1), with eyes on clinching a share of its second straight Northern Michigan Football League Leaders division title.

"The last two years, it’s had conference championship implications and this year is no different,” Frankfort coach Matt Stapleton said. “I know they have one loss against Glen Lake, but coming into this game, they know that to stay in it, they have to knock us off. For us to have any chance to be a part of a conference, this is a big week for us to get a win.”

Charlevoix has responded nicely since its 49-7 loss in Week 5 to current Division 6 No. 8 Glen Lake, grinding out wins over East Jordan (21-0) and Onekama (16-9), to clinch its third consecutive winning season and second playoff berth in three years.

“I know they’re a well-coached team. I know they’re very explosive,” Charlevoix coach Ron Bindi said. “You know, they’ve always been a perennial powerhouse in northern Michigan since you know I was here in high school. You always heard about Frankfort.”

These are just two of the 14 local high school football games we’ll have Friday on Sports Overtime.

MATTHEW DOYLE

D8 No. 5 Frankfort (7-0, 3-0) at Charlevoix (6-1, 2-1) – With its postseason ticket punched in Week 6, Frankfort looks to improve to 8-0 for the first time since 2004 this week, when it travels to conference foe Charlevoix.

GREG MILLER

Fremont (0-7, 0-6) at Tri-County (2-5, 2-4) – The Vikings have lost four straight and look to end the league season on a positive notes against winless Fremont.

Ludington (6-1) at Lakeview (4-3) – Ludington is the in playoffs first time since 2011. The Orioles handed Lakeview a 21-14 defeat a year ago.

JIM LEHOCKY

Pickford (6-1, 5-1) at 8P No. 5 Cedarville (6-1, 6-1) – The Trojans look to get back on track in Bridge Alliance Football Conference play against a Pickford squad they have won five straight against.

ERIC DAVIS

Central Lake (1-6, 0-5) at Inland Lakes (0-7, 0-5) – Central Lake can snap a six-game skid and a two-game losing streak to Inland Lakes with the win.

Kingsley (1-6, 1-4) at Cheboygan (2-5, 0-4) – This marks the first meeting between the two programs, as Kingsley eyes its second win in three games.

NOAH JURIK

Elk Rapids (1-6, 0-4) at Boyne City (5-2, 4-0) – The Ramblers have won four straight in the series and can clinch a postseason berth for the fifth straight season.

JOHN HARRINGTON

Gaylord (3-4, 1-2) at Traverse City West (5-2, 3-1) – The Titans can clinch a playoff berth with a win over the Blue Devils, who they’ve beat in nine of the last 10 meetings.

HARRISON LIGHT

Mancelona (1-6, 1-3) at D 7 No. 8 Glen Lake (5-2, 3-1) – The Lakers can clinch a playoff berth and lock up at least a second-place finish in the NMFL Leaders division with a win.

DERRICK LARR 

Grand Traverse Academy (2-5, 2-4) at Brethren (2-5, 2-3) – This marks the second meeting between the two programs this season, with the Bobcats winning 40-22 in Week 1.

MEGAN VIECELLI

Big Rapids Crossroads (0-7, 0-5) at Marion (3-4, 2-2) – The Eagles look to end a three-game losing streak with a win over winless Crossroads.

Ionia (2-5) at McBain (4-3) – The Ramblers snapped a three-game skid with a seven-point win over Lake City last week, while Ionia has lost five straight.

BONUS

D 8 No. 2 St. Ignace (6-1) at Ishpeming (3-3) – Don’t let Ishpeming’s record fool you. Although the Hematites have lost more games this season than the previous four seasons combined, there’s a reason Ishpeming has made the Division 7 state title game each of the last four years. The Hematites won last year’s meeting, 20-14.

D2 No. 6 Traverse City Central (7-0) at Brother Rice (4-3) – This could be a signature win for Central’s program. Brother Rice has nine state titles to its credit and rebounded nicely from its first losing campaign since 1985. This marks the first meeting between the schools.

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