Top 5 Area Games for Week 2

Week 2 of the 2019 high school football season in northern Michigan features a number of key early-season conference matchups and a few intriguing non-conference tilts.

Friday, Sept. 6 – 7 p.m.
Beaverton (1-0, 0-0 JPC) at Shepherd (1-0, 0-0 JPC) – This marks Shepherd’s debut in the Jack Pine Conference after 12 seasons in the Tri-Valley Conference Central division. The Bluejays opened their season by rallying for a 42-22 victory over Big Rapids last Friday, while Beaverton pulled off a 16-6 upset of 2018 Division 8 state runner-up Breckenridge. Beaverton shared last year’s Jack Pine title with Clare and Roscommon. A win here will go a long wat in determining the conference champion.

Friday, Sept. 6 – 7 p.m.
Pickford (1-0, 0-0 Great Lakes East) at Engadine (1-0, 0-0 Great Lakes East) – Both teams rolled big in Week 1, with Engadine shutting out Ontonagon 60-0 and Pickford rolling to a 48-16 win over Crystal Falls Forest Park. The Panthers won last year’s meeting, 52-7, and lead the all-time series 40-15-1.

Friday, Sept, 6 – 7 p.m.
Escanaba (1-0) at Petoskey (0-1) –This marks the fifth straight year these two will square off in Week 2. Escanaba leads the all-time series at 3-1, but three of those four meetings have been settled by nine points or less, including a 15-14 victory for the Eskymos last fall. Escanaba has won three consecutive Division 4 district championships and serves as the second playoff opponent Petoskey will meet in the opening weeks.

Friday, Sept. 6 – 7 p.m.
Grand Haven (1-0) at Traverse City West (0-1) – Thirlby Field will play host to the clash for the Coast Guard Cup. Grand Haven slipped by West for a 13-10 win last year to even the all-time series at 6-6. The Titans dropped their season opener a week ago 2018 Division 2 state semifinalist Midland, falling 28-20. Grand Haven recorded its second consecutive shutout of Muskegon Reeths-Puffer with a 24-0 victory.

Saturday, Sept. 7 – 1 p.m.
Glen Lake (1-0) at Traverse City St. Francis (1-0) – Traverse City St. Francis has dominated the all-time series, leading 13-4, but this is always a highly-anticipated non-conference matchup in northern Michigan. The Gladiators graduated a large and successful senior class while the Lakers return a young but experienced roster. These two programs have combined to post state semifinals appearances every year since 2016. St. Francis won last year’s meeting 50-12.

Bonus Game – MISportsNow Tailgate
Friday, Sept. 6 – 7 p.m.
Evart (1-0, 0-0 Highland) at Pine River (1-0, 0-0 Highland) – Another season of our MISportsNow Tailgate kicks off at Pine River in the Highland Conference opener. The Bucks rolled to their second straight shutout of Kalkaska last week, while Evart recorded a late-night win over Frankfort. Pine River won last year’s meeting, 12-6, but Evart leads the all-time series at 20-18.

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