Top 5 Area Games for Week 9

Week 9 of the 2019 high school football season in features a number of great non-conference contests with teams vying for playoff bids.

Friday, Oct. 25 – 7 p.m.
Charlevoix (5-3) at Harbor Springs (6-2) – In Harbor Springs, the Rams welcome in a Charlevoix program eyeing its first playoff bid since 2016. The hosts have already secured a playoff spot in consecutive years for just the second time in team history. After going 1-8 a season ago and a combined 4-14 over the last two years, Charlevoix has turned it around this fall in its second stint under coach Don Jess. Despite dropping last year’s meeting, Charlevoix has long dominated the series, holding a 31-11-2 record since 1950.

Friday, Oct. 25 – 7 p.m.
Ogemaw Heights (6-2) at Houghton Lake (6-2) – The Bobcats have won six straight to clinch their first playoff bid since 2017 while the Falcons are in the postseason for the first time since 2013. This marks the third meeting in the series, with Ogemaw Heights leading the series at 2-0. The Warriors won last season’s meeting 42-22.

Friday, Oct. 25 – 7 p.m.
Lake City (5-3) at Sanford Meridian (6-2) – The Mustangs are in the playoffs for the first time since 2015 while the Trojans are seeking their third straight bid after consecutive state semifinal appearances. Lake City leads the all-time series at 4-2 and has won three straight in the series, including a 47-20 Week 9 meeting in 2018.

Friday, Oct. 25 – 7 p.m.
Clare (8-1) at McBain (5-3) – After a 1-3 start, the Ramblers have won four straight, including a 27-0 upset of Highland Conference champion Beal City last Friday. The Pioneers are in the playoffs for a fourth straight year and are coming off a 68-6 victory over Farwell. A win gives McBain its third consecutive playoff appearance. This marks the first meeting between the two.

Friday, Oct. 25 – 7 p.m.
Division 7 Honorable Mention Traverse City St. Francis (6-2) at Division 5 No. 1 Muskegon Oakridge (8-0) – The Gladiators have won four straight to reach the postseason for the 29th time in 30 years. Oakridge is off to its first 8-0 start since 2012. A good playoff primer for both, this marks the first meeting between the two.

Bonus Game
Friday, Oct. 25 – 7 p.m.
Division 7 Honorable Mention Beal City (7-1) at Morley Stanwood (6-2) – The Aggies are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2016 while the Mohawks have won six straight to punch their sixth consecutive playoff bid. Beal City leads the all-time series at 14-4-1 but has dropped two straight in the series, including a 35-0 contest last year.

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