Manistee, Ludington Renew Rivalry

MANISTEE – It’s one of the longest running rivalries in the state of Michigan, Manistee and Ludington.

The two meet on Friday for the 142nd time.

“It’s always special,” said Ludington head coach Charlie Gunsell. “We always play them early in the year, so it’s kind of a measuring stick, where we’re at and where they’re at so we expect a great environment up there and it should be a fun Friday night.”

“You know whether you’re talking college football on a Saturday or high school football on Friday, rivalry games are.. you’re blessed to part of them,” added Manistee head coach Troy Bytwork. “Obviously there’s a lot of history to them.”

Both teams are 2-0 so far this season. Friday’s matchup is the conference opener for both teams.

Overall, the Orioles have the upper hand in the series, holding a 68-62-11 record against the Chippewas.

Manistee and Ludington both graduated a bigger class of seniors, so the teams are young and hungry, and we can expect big plays on each side.

“Big plays, big hits, one or two plays could turn out to make the game so that’s what makes it fun,” said Riley Calhoun, a Ludington senior.

The rivalry game starts at 7 p.m. at Manistee on Friday.

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