Buczek: Conference Titles up for Grabs in Week 6

Week 6 of the high school football season in northern Michigan means conference titles in the CSAA Silver, NMFL Leaders, Highland and Western Michigan D League will be decided.

Friday, Sept. 29

Engadine (4-1, 4-1 Bridge Alliance) at Rudyard (4-1, 4-1) – Rudyard has won four straight since opening the season with a loss to Cedarville. The Bulldogs rolled to a 64-0 win over Brimley last week and own the all-time series with the Eagles a 16-10. These two are tied for second in the Bridge Alliance.

Morley Stanwood (5-0, 3-0 CSAA Silver) at D6 No. 6 Kent City (5-0, 3-0) – The winner of Friday’s game clinches at least a share of the Central State Activities Association Silver title. These two shared the title a year ago, with Kent City coming out on top of a 22-17 contest. The Mohawks have won four of the last five meetings, but trail the all-time series at 23-21-1.

Chippewa Hills (4-1, 4-0 CSAA Gold) at D5 HM Reed City (4-1, 4-0) – The winner of this one likely clinches the Central State Activities Association Gold championship. Reed City won last year’s two meetings by a combined 10 points and has captured the last six league titles. Chippewa Hills trails 27-21 all-time and last won in the series in 2010.

Traverse City Central (3-2, 1-1 Big North) at Petoskey (2-3, 1-1) – Central shrugged off two straight losses with a 31-21 win over Gaylord last week, while Petoskey dropped a 27-26 heartbreaker to Marquette. The Trojans are 18-13 all-time against the Northmen, with Petoskey’s last win (16-13) coming in 2014.

D8 No. 6 Frankfort (4-1, 1-0 NMFL Leaders) at Glen Lake (2-2, 1-0) – The Panthers have been on cruise control since a Week 2 loss to four-time defending state champion Muskegon Catholic Central. The Lakers got back to .500 last week with a 49-0 win over Charlevoix. Frankfort won last year’s meeting, 26-21, and leads the all-time series at 40-17-1. The winner of this clinches at least a share of the NMFL Leaders title.

Benton Harbor (2-3) at D1 No. 6 Traverse City West (5-0) – The Titans have rolled out to 5-0 start and take on a Benton Harbor team that was a the feel-good story of the state the last two years. Benton Harbor won last year’s meeting 21-16, but West has outscored non-conference opponents 83-34 in two games this fall.

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