Pine River, Evart Highlight Week 7 of Sports Overtime

REED CITY – Reed City goes for a share of its sixth straight Central State Activities Association title when it welcomes in rival Big Rapids on Friday for our “MISportsNow Fans’ Choice Game of the Week.”

Ranked ninth in Division 5, the Coyotes (6-0, 5-0) have won six straight against the Cardinals (3-3, 3-2), who have rebounded from an 0-3 start to 2016.

Evart (4-2, 2-2) continues its playoff push, hosting Division 6 sixth-ranked Pine River (5-1, 4-0) in our “Overtime on the Road” matchup.

The Bucks have won five in a row and already claimed a share of its first Highland Conference title since 1999.

“Once Coach Martin came in, it was like seniors, seniors, every year, we’ve got more seniors, every single year,” Pine River senior Tristen Nelson said. “We’re just making Pine River a football program again. It’s been down a long time. We’re bringing it back up.”

A win for Evart would not only snap a two-game skid against Pine River, it would put the Wildcats one step closer to their first playoff appearance since 2013.

“We just want to continue to grow as a team right now and hopefully generate some excitement for our community,” Evart coach Pat Craven said. “I think as our teams continue to be successful and competitive, the excitement grows and then the future teams kind of take care of themselves with excitement and interest.”

These are just two of the 15 local games we’ll have highlights of on Sports Overtime.

MATTHEW DOYLE

D6 No. 6 Pine River (5-1, 4-0) at Evart (4-2, 2-2) – Pine River can win the Highland Conference title outright with a win.

DERRICK LARR

Big Rapids (3-3, 3-2) at D5 No. 9 Reed City (6-0, 5-0) – The Coyotes can clinch a share of their sixth straight CSAA title with a victory.

GREG MILLER

Chesaning (2-4, 1-4) at Shepherd (3-3, 2-3) – The Bluejays have won three games in a season for the first time since 2009. Chesaning has won the last three meetings.

Montabella (1-5, 1-4) at Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart (3-3, 3-2) – The Irish are on a roll after dropping their first three games. Montabella has never beaten Sacred Heart.

JIM LEHOCKY 

No. 3 Cedarville (6-0, 6-0) at HM Engadine (6-0, 6-0) – The winner of this one clinches at least a share of a Bridge Alliance Football League title.

Manistique (0-6) at D8 No. 7 Newberry (5-1) –The Indians have won three straight in this series, including a 63-28 game last season.

ERIC DAVIS

D8 No. 10 Gaylord St. Mary (5-1, 2-1) at Johannesburg-Lewiston (3-3, 2-1) – The Snowbirds can clinch a playoff berth with their first win over the Cardinals since 2007.

Petoskey (0-6, 0-3) at Gaylord (2-4, 0-2) – The Northmen have won six of the last seven meetings with Gaylord.

NOAH JURIC

East Jordan (4-2, 2-1) at Harbor Springs (2-1, 2-4) – The Rams have won three of their last four meetings with the Red Devils, including two straight.

Camden-Frontier (5-1) at Pellston (0-6) – The Hornets are still searching for their first win since Week 7 of the 2015 season.

JOHN HARRINGTON

Alpena (2-4, 0-2) at D2 No. 6 Traverse City Central (6-0, 3-0) – Central clinched its second straight postseason berth last week and has won six straight over Alpena.

HARRISON LIGHT

Marion (3-3, 3-1) at Forest Area (5-1, 4-0) – A win sets the Warriors up for a conference title showdown with Wyoming Tri-Unity Christian next week. This is the first meeting between the two programs.

MEGAN VIECELLI

Clare (5-1, 4-0) at D6 No. 5 Roscommon (6-0, 4-0) – With a postseason spot already secured, Roscommon can clinch a share of its first JPC title since 2006 with a win. Winners of five straight, Clare has not lost in this series since 2006.

BONUS

Morley Stanwood (4-2, 3-1) at White Cloud (1-5, 0-4) – A Morley Stanwood win keeps the Mohawks in a tie atop the CSAA Silver standings.

Kent City (4-2, 3-1) at Hesperia (4-2, 3-1) – These teams find themselves in a three-way tie with Morley Stanwood for first place in the CSAA Silver division. Kent City is coming off a 22-17 win last week of Morley Stanwood, while Hesperia lost to the Mohawks, 19-6, in Week 3.

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