Top 5 Area Games: Week 1

Week 1 of the 2020 high school football season in northern Michigan features a pair of great rivalry contests and an intriguing 8-player game in the U.P.

Friday, Sept. 18
Traverse City West (0-0) vs. Traverse City Central (0-0) at Thirlby Field, 7 p.m. – The Celebrate Service Game at Thirlby Field is always a must-see contest. Central shut out West for the first time last season with a 32-0 victory en route to an undefeated Big North Conference campaign. West leads the all-time series at 14-11. These two have been meeting since 1997.

You can watch the game live on Local 32 or a live stream of the game on the free VUit app, on 9&10 Plus or on MISportsNow.com. Live coverage starts at 6:55 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 18
Cedarville (0-0) at Engadine (0-0), 7 p.m. – In a matchup of two longtime 8-player programs, Engadine has won five straight in the series. These two teams are traditionally conference title contenders and playoff participants, with Cedarville making 16 straight postseason appearances while Engadine has made nine straight. Engadine won last year’s meeting 54-20. Cedarville holds the all-time series edge at 33-30.

Friday, Sept. 18
Reed City (0-0) at Chippewa Hills (0-0), 7 p.m. – A contest featuring two of the perennial favorites in the CSAA Gold, Reed City has won 10 straight in the series including a 56-24 game a year ago. The Warriors missed the postseason last year and suffered their first losing campaign since 2005 in the process. Reed City leads the all-time series at 30-21.

Friday, Sept. 18
Boyne City (0-0) at Glen Lake (0-0), 7 p.m. – The NMFL Leaders opener sees 2019 Division 6 state runner-up Glen Lake facing a Boyne City team that is looking to shake off consecutive losing campaigns. These two should be considered conference favorites as Boyne City drops down from the bigger Legends Division. The Lakers won the last meeting 28-7 in 2017. Glen Lake leads the all-time series at 5-2.

Friday, Sept. 18
Lake City (0-0) at McBain (0-0), 7 p.m. – Another great rivalry contest to open the 2020 high school season. Lake City has won five straight in the series, including a thrilling 21-15 win in the last minute of play in the 2019 meeting. Both schools are coming off three consecutive postseason appearances. McBain leads the all-time series at 27-25.

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