Buczek: T.C. Patriot Game Highlights Week 4
Week 4 of the high school football season in northern Michigan features the annual T.C. Patriot Game between rivals Traverse City Central and Traverse City West as well as a pair of rivalry games in the Northern Michigan Football League.
Friday, Sept. 14
D2 No. 6 Traverse City Central (3-0, 0-0 Big North) at Traverse City West (1-2, 0-0 Big North) – These two will meet in the seventh annual T.C. Patriot Game. West leads the all-time series at 13-10 but has lost five of the previous six meetings. The Titans have struggled offensively in 2018, averaging only 10.6 points per game. Central is off to its fourth 3-0 start since 2014.
Glen Lake (1-2, 1-0 NMFL Leaders) at D8 HM Frankfort (2-1, 0-0 NMFL Leaders) – Frankfort has dominated this series, going 40-18-1 since 1959. The Lakers won last year’s meeting, 48-34, but have struggled in 2018, getting outscored 98-28 in the opening two weeks with losses to New Lothrop and Traverse City St. Francis. The Panthers rebounded from a Week 2 loss to Harbor Springs with a 35-14 win over Inland Lakes last Friday.
D7 HM Manton (3-0, 1-0 Highland) at D6 No. 5 Lake City (3-0, 1-0 Highland) – The Trojans are 26-12 all-time against the Rangers and have won the last three meetings. Manton is 3-0 for the first time since 2014 and coming off its first win over Beal City since 1982 and only the second in series history. Lake City has won the last three meetings by an average of 23 points.
8-Player HM Suttons Bay (3-0, 2-0 Midwest Central Michigan) at Wyoming Tri-unity Christian (3-0, 0-0 Midwest Central Michigan) – The Norsemen are off to their best start in years while Tri-unity has outscored opponents 169-6. These two split last year’s meetings, with Suttons Bay coming away with a 38-24 win in a Division 1 pre-regional.
Division 8 No. 10 Johannesburg-Lewiston (2-1, 2-0 NMFL Legacy) at Division 8 No. 10 St. Ignace (2-1, 1-0 NMFL Legacy) – An old Ski Valley Conference rivalry, the Saints lead the all-time series at 5-2. Both come in tied at 10th in the first Associated Press Division 8 state poll as the Saints have already bested last year’s 1-8 campaign. The Cardinals recorded a 32-0 shutout in last season’s meeting.
Benzie Central (2-1) at Division 6 HM Elk Rapids (3-0) – The Huskies have recorded two wins in a season for the first time since going 3-6 in 2012. The Elks are off to their first 3-0 start since going 9-1 in 2010. Elk Rapids has allowed just 12 points through the first weeks but trails Benzie Central in the series at 10-9. The Elks have won two of the last three meetings.