St. Ignace, Traverse City St. Francis Highlight Sports Overtime

ST. IGNACE – Second-ranked St. Ignace eyes its third straight win over eighth-ranked Newberry in our “MISportsNow Fans’ Choice Game” on Friday.

In our “Overtime on the Road” matchup, Division No. 1-ranked Traverse City St. Francis goes for its second straight undefeated regular season and a Northern Michigan Football League Legends title, welcoming in Boyne City (6-2, 5-0).

“We always talked to the kids the whole year that this game doesn’t matter if we don’t take care of all the games before that,” St. Francis coach Josh Sellers said. “I think when the schedule came out, it was kind of nice to see that that might be a week nine showdown and get everybody prepped for the playoffs.”

The Ramblers have responded nicely after dropping their first two games of the year, winning six straight to qualify for the postseason for the fifth consecutive year.

“Ultimately, you want to be in a position where you’re playing a meaningful game at the end of the year. And we’re doing that, and to win those is very special,” Boyne City coach David Hills said. “That’s kind of what we’re preparing for is putting our best on the field and challenging ourselves playing against a great football team.”

These are just two of the 14 local games we’ll have for you Friday on Sports Overtime.

MATTHEW DOYLE

Boyne City (6-2, 5-0) at D7 No. 1 Traverse City St. Francis (8-0, 5-0)

DERRICK LARR

Boys Soccer: Kalkaska vs. Charlevoix – The Rayders can clinch their second straight district title with a win over Lake Michigan Conference foe Kalkaska.

Cheboygan (2-6, 0-5) at Elk Rapids (1-7, 0-5) – The Elks look to snap a six-game skid with a win and pick up their first victory in Northern Michigan Football League Legends division play.

GREG MILLER

Boys Soccer: Alcona at Roscommon – The Bucks are going for their first district championship since reaching the Division 3 state title game in 2006.

Kalkaska (6-2, 3-2) at Grayling (5-3, 3-2) – The winner of this contest secures third place in the Northern Michigan Football League Legends division. Grayling won the last meeting in 2013, 35-18.

Pellston (0-8, 0-7) at Charlton Heston Academy (1-7, 0-7) – Both teams are looking to carry some momentum into the offseason. The Patriots won last year’s meeting, 56-16.

JIM LEHOCKY

Rudyard (5-3, 5-2) at 8P HM Pickford (7-1, 6-1) – A win for Pickford gives the Panthers sole possession of second place in the Bridge Alliance Football League. Rudyard has secured its first winning season since 2011.

D8 No. 8 Newberry (7-1) at D8 No. 2 St. Ignace (7-1) – This game serves as a postseason primer, as both programs are likely to meet in district play. The Saints have won the last two meetings, including a 50-20 contest last year.

ERIC DAVIS

Johannesburg-Lewiston (4-4, 3-2) at Harbor Springs (4-4, 4-1) – The Rams have won four straight and can finish in sole possession of second place in the Northern Michigan Football League Legacy division with a win.

Haslett (3-5) at Petoskey (1-7) – The Northmen look to end their season with their second straight win.

MATT SOLTYSIAK

Sault Ste. Marie (2-6) at Kingsley (2-6) – These two programs last met in 2013, with Sault Ste. Marie picking up a 27-13 win.

JOHN HARRINGTON

Boys Soccer: Harbor Springs at Leland – The Comets have won four straight Division 4 district championships.

HARRISON LIGHT

Mesick (1-7, 0-4) at Charlevoix (6-2, 2-2) – This marks the first meeting between the two programs. The Rayders have won two of their last three.

CATHERINE BRETTSCHNEIDER

Traverse City Central (7-1, 4-0) at Cadillac (6-2, 3-1) – Traverse City Central can claim its second consecutive Big North Conference outright with a win.

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