Top 5 Area Games for Week 3

Week 3 of the 2019 high school football season in northern Michigan features a premier 8-player contest and a pair of rivalry games.

Friday, Sept. 13 – 7 p.m.
Division 5 No. 8 Clare (2-0, 1-0 Jack Pine) at Harrison (2-0, 1-0 Jack Pine) – The Pioneers have long dominated this series but these teams are two favorites, along with Beaverton, to win the Jack Pine Conference. Clare rallied in the second half for a big 55-28 win over Gladwin last week while Harrison picked up a 44-15 victory over league newcomer Pinconning. Clare won last year’s meeting 42-18.

Friday, Sept. 13 – 7 p.m.
Lake City (1-1, 1-0 Highland) at Beal City (2-0, 1-0 Highland) – The Aggies are 2-0 for the first time since 2015 and are coming off a 21-8 win over Houghton Lake last week. Lake City rallied for a 59-28 victory over Manton in its quest for a third straight Highland Conference championship. The Aggies lead the all-time series at 41-19 but have dropped two straight in the series.

Friday, Sept. 13 – 7 p.m.
Division 4 HM Ludington (2-0, 0-0 Lakes 8) at Manistee (2-0, 0-0 Lakes 8) – This marks the 142nd meeting in a series that dates back to 1895. The Orioles hold a 68-62-11 record all-time against the Chippewas as the series is tied with the Negaunee-Marquette series for the second most games played in a regular-season series. Manistee has won the last two meetings for the Dad’s Trophy.

Friday, Sept. 13 – 7 p.m.
Central Montcalm (2-0, 1-0 CSAA Gold) at Newaygo (1-1, 1-0 CSAA Gold) – After going winless a season ago and ending a 13-game losing streak in Week 1, Central Montcalm is off to a surprising 2-0 start, which included a 26-20 win over Grant in last week’s league opener. Newaygo dropped a seven-point game to a strong Kent City team in Week 1 but rebounded for a 16-point win over Chippewa Hills last week. The Lions lead the all-time series at 7-3-1.

Saturday, Sept. 14 – 2:30 p.m.
8-Player No. 1 Pickford (2-0) at No. 3 Powers North Central (2-0) – One of the top 8-player games in the state this weekend, this marks the first meeting between the two since a 2016 state semifinal that saw Powers North Central come away with a 62-22 win. Both teams have been on a roll to start the season, combining to outscore opponents 234-52. The all-time series is tied at 5-5.

Bonus Game – MISportsNow Tailgate
Friday, Sept. 13 – 7 p.m.
Morley Stanwood (0-2, 0-0 CSAA Silver) at Lakeview (0-2, 0-0 CSAA Silver) – Our second MISportsNow Tailgate of the 2019 season takes us to Lakeview. The Mohawks are off to a 0-2 start for the first time since 2014 while Lakeview hasn’t started a season at 0-2 since 2008. Lakeview leads the all-time series at 12-9, but Morley Stanwood has won four straight in the series.

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