Buczek: Conference Races Take Shape in Week 4

The fourth week of the high school football season in northern Michigan will see many conference races begin to take shape and some schools looking to get back on track after losses in league openers last week.

Friday, Sept. 15

Reed City (2-1, 2-0 CSAA Gold) at Grant (3-0, 2-0) – Grant is on a roll in the early going, outscoring opponents 103-15. This is the first big test for the Tigers, though, as Reed City has rebounded from a Week 1 loss to Montague with wins over Newaygo (24-12) and Fremont (56-7). Reed City leads the all-time series at 3-1, with Grant’s lone win coming in 2000.

Midland (2-1, 2-0 SVL Blue) at Mt. Pleasant (1-2, 1-1) – After losses to Midland Dow and Davison in the opening two weeks, Mt. Pleasant rebounded for a 44-12 win over Saginaw last Friday. Midland has won two straight in the series, including a 31-28 contest in 2016, and leads the all-time series at 12-9. With Lapeer looming in the future, this is a must-win for the Oilers.

Traverse City Central (2-1) at Portage Central (2-1) – The Trojans look to shake off last week’s Patriot Game loss to rival West and get back on the winning track. Traverse City Central won last year’s meeting, 38-22, in a lengthy weather-delayed game. Portage Central has made 10 postseason appearances since 2006.

Munising (2-1, 1-0 Mid-Eastern) at D8 No. 8 Newberry (2-1, 1-0) – A meeting of two of the top teams in the Mid-Eastern Football Conference, Newberry opened league play with a 31-14 win over Bark River-Harris last Friday, while Munising sneaked past Lake Linden-Hubbell by six. Newberry has dominated the last two meetings, winning 59-14 (2016) and 31-14 (2015), respectively, but trails the all-time series at 14-47-1.

Petoskey (2-1, 1-0 Big North) at D1 No. 9 Traverse City West (3-0, 1-0) – The Titans look to continue the momentum from last week’s emotional Patriot Game win and start league play at 2-0. West won last year’s meeting, 22-20, but has dropped two of its last three with Petoskey. After a Week 1 loss to Forest Hills Eastern (18-7), Petoskey has rebounded nicely, with wins over a sound Escanaba team (14-7) and Cadillac (34-19). The Titans lead the all-time series at 12-5.

Wyoming Tri-unity Christian (2-1, 2-0 Midwest Central Mich.) at 8-Player HM Onekama (3-0, 2-0) – The first meeting between these two schools, this marks the biggest test to date for Onekama in its inaugural season at the 8-player level. The Portagers are averaging 54 points per game and 66 in league play while only surrendering 10.6 per game. Tri-unity went 11-1 a year ago and reached the state semifinals.

MISportsNow Tailgate Party

Evart (2-1, 1-0) at McBain (2-1, 0-1) – Our MISportsNow Tailgate Party visits McBain for this Highland Conference showdown. Evart is coming off a 15-7 win over defending league champion Pine River, while McBain dropped a 28-8 contest to undefeated Lake City. The Ramblers have won three straight in the series, including a 32-14 victory in 2016, and lead the all-time series at 26-8.

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