Top 5 Area Games for Week 4

Week 4 of the 2019 high school football season in northern Michigan features a number of great rivalries and a premier 8-player contest.

Friday, Sept. 20 – 7 p.m.
Division 1 No. 10 Traverse City West (2-1, 0-0 Big North Conference) vs. Division 2 Honorable Mention Traverse City Central (2-1, 0-0 Big North Conference) – One of the biggest rivalries in northern Michigan meets again in the annual TC Patriot Game. The last meeting between these two that was settled by more than a touchdown was Central’s 42-28 win back in 2012. West leads the all-time series at 14-10 and has won the last two regular-season meetings with Central picking up playoff wins in 2016 and 2017.

Friday, Sept. 20 – 7 p.m.
Evart (3-0, 2-0 Highland Conference) at Division 7 HM Beal City (3-0, 2-0 Highland Conference) – A meeting of the last two undefeateds in the Highland Conference, Evart is 3-0 for the first time since 2013 while Beal City has won its first three games for the first time since the 2015 season. The Aggies have allowed only eight points this fall and are coming off a shutout of two-time defending league champion Lake City. The Wildcats have outscored their two league opponents 20-15. Beal City leads the all-time series at 37-12.

Friday, Sept. 20 – 7 p.m.
St. Ignace (2-1, 0-0 NMFL Legacy) at Division 8 No. 7 Johannesburg-Lewiston (3-0, 1-0 NMFL Legacy) – This gridiron rivalry first took shape in the Ski Valley Conference as the SVC title often came down to between these two programs. Since moving to the NMFL Legacy, Johannesburg-Lewiston is 2-1 against St. Ignace but trails the all-time series at 5-3. The Cardinals are 3-0 for the first time since 2015 while the Saints have won two of their first three games for the first time in three seasons.

Friday, Sept. 20 – 7 p.m.
Suttons Bay (3-0, 2-0 Midwest Central Michigan West) at 8-Player No. 5 Onekama (3-0, 2-0 Midwest Central Michigan West) – The first of two meetings between these two takes place Friday in the Warrior Game. Suttons Bay and Onekama were originally scheduled to receive forfeit wins over Grand Traverse Academy and Forest Area, respectively. These two teams have combined to outscore opponents 237-32. Onekama leads the all-time series at 19-12.

Friday, Sept. 20 – 7 p.m.
McBain (1-2, 1-1 Highland Conference) at Lake City (1-2, 1-1 Highland Conference) – Missaukee County’s high school football rivalry is renewed Friday as Lake City welcomes in McBain. With both teams enter with identical records at 1-2 overall and 1-1 in Highland Conference play, Friday’s game will have conference championship and playoff implications. The Trojans have won four straight in the series, including a pair of playoff matchups each of the last two years, but trail the all-time series at 27-24.

Bonus Game
Friday, Sept. 20 – 7 p.m.
Frankfort (2-1, 0-0 NMFL Leaders) at Division 6 No. 2 Glen Lake (3-0, 1-0 NMFL Leaders) – Glen Lake has rolled through its opening three games and is 3-0 for the first time since 2013. After suffering a 20-3 setback in Week 1, Frankfort has rebounded with wins over Harbor Springs and Inland Lakes. This series has largely been dominated by Frankfort, with the Panthers holding a 40-19-1 all-time record, by the Lakers have won two straight in the series.

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