Frankfort, Charlevoix Meet in Pivotal NMFL Showdown
Ranked fifth in Division 8, the Panthers (7-0, 3-0) can also secure at least a share of their second straight Northern Michigan Football League Leaders division title with a win over the Rayders (6-1, 2-1).
“It’s going to be really important for us to win these last two games, so we can keep our momentum going,” Frankfort senior Gabe Johnson said. “Frankfort football tradition is an amazing thing. I’d like to do everything I can to continue that tradition. I feel like winning the conference and winning our last game is going to be a huge boost for us.”
“Our kids are really intense,” added Frankfort coach Matt Stapleton. “They’re listening well. Their preparation has been going well. The key is we have to peak on Friday. Make sure we have our assignments down and we’re playing well.”
Grinding out a 16-9 win over Onekama last week, Charlevoix clinched its second postseason berth since 2014 and third straight winning season. A win Friday will force a three-way tie atop the NMFL Leaders standings, with Glen Lake and Frankfort.
“You know, that’s one of the things that’s kind of driving us this week and that’s pushing us this week. Knowing that we could get a ‘W’ there, we could get a three-way tie,” Charlevoix senior Jared McLean said.
With a conference title at stake, the Rayders are treating Friday’s matchup as a playoff game.
“We tell them, you know, ‘Hey, you’ve got to play each week like, you know, it’s a playoff caliber team. You’ve got to practice with the intensity that you’re capable of playing with,” Charlevoix coach Ron Bindi said.
Frankfort closes out league play at Onekama next Friday, while Charlevoix hosts Mesick.