Buczek: Conference Races Heat up in Week 5

Week 5 of the high school football season in northern Michigan features a number of great conference matchups, as teams look to stay alive in the league title hunt and continue to make a push for the playoffs.

Friday, Sept. 22

Onekama (4-0, 3-0 Midwest 8-Man) at Suttons Bay (3-1, 2-1) – No one has come close to slowing down Onekama this fall, as the Portagers handed 2016 state semifinalist Wyoming Tri-unity Christian a 36-8 defeat last week. Suttons Bay rallied late for a 13-12 win over Atlanta last Friday. Onekama leads the all-time series at 18-11.

Beal City (3-1, 2-0 Highland) at Lake City (4-0, 2-0) – Though league games remain on the schedule for both teams, this game could very well decide the Highland Conference champion. Beal City leads the all-time series at 41-17, with Lake City last winning in 2011 (37-21). The Aggies escaped with a 16-7 win over winless Pine River last Friday.

Grayling (4-0, 2-0 NMFL Legends) at D5 No. 6 Boyne City (4-0, 2-0) – Boyne City has won three straight in the series, including a 35-14 contest last year, and leads the all-time series at 26-18 since 1950. Grayling opened the year with three easy wins but had to sneak past Cheboygan last week, 32-28. The Ramblers had to rally past Kingsley for a 19-12 win.

Clare (3-1, 2-0 Jack Pine) at Harrison (3-1, 2-0) – Clare has dominated this rivalry, leading the all-time series at 30-10. Thanks to Harrison’s resurgence, the last few seasons have seen competitive meetings, with Clare winning 20-12 last fall. Harrison’s last win in the series came in 2010. These two have made quick work of Jack Pine Conference opponents so far, combining to outscore teams 218-69.

Rudyard (3-1, 3-1 Bridge Alliance) at Brimley (3-1, 3-1) – This marks the first meeting between the two since 1990, with Rudyard leading the all-time series at 29-2-1. Brimley’s last win in the series came in 1958. The Bulldogs have won three straight since a Week 1 loss to Cedarville, while the Bays dropped their first game last week, 44-38, to Bellaire.

D8 No. 7 Frankfort (3-1) at Johannesburg-Lewiston (3-1) – Since falling to four-time defending state champion Muskegon Catholic Central in Week 2, Frankfort is on a roll and gaining back its confidence. The Panthers lead the all-time series at 7-0 and won last year’s meeting, 58-12. The Cardinals have won two straight, including a 28-7 win last week over Charlevoix.

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