Top 5 Area Games: Week 3

We’ve reached the midway point of the 2020 high school football regular season and Week 3 promises to be another great week for football in northern Michigan.

Kingsley (2-0, 2-0 NMFL Legends) vs. Traverse City St. Francis (1-1, 1-1 NMFL Legends) at Thirlby Field, 7 p.m. – Kingsley snapped a lengthy losing streak to Travers City St. Francis with a 26-7 win last season. Despite the Gladiators dropping their opening league game to Sault Ste. Marie, they still pose a threat in the NMFL Legends division. St. Francis is 9-4 all-time against Kingsley.

Charlevoix (2-0, 1-0 NMFL Leaders) at Boyne City (1-1, 1-1 NMFL Leaders), 7 p.m. – Charlevoix has not beaten Boyne City in consecutive meetings since 1997-98. The Rayders won last year’s meeting 18-14 en route to a surprising 7-4 season and first playoff win. The Ramblers shook off an opening week loss to Glen Lake with a 60-0 win over Kalkaska last week. Boyne City is 39-28-2 against Charlevoix since 1950.

Traverse City Central (2-0, 2-0 Big North) at Cadillac (2-0, 2-0 Big North), 7 p.m. – Cadillac is off to its best start since 2014 and welcomes in a Traverse City Central squad that is rolling in its defense of its Big North Conference championship. Cadillac’s last win in this series came back in 2014. Central leads the head-to-head matchup at 19-10.

Reed City (2-0, 2-0 CSAA Gold) at Central Montcalm (2-0, 2-0 CSAA Gold), 7 p.m. – Reed City has rolled through its first two game but now face a Central Montcalm defense that has been stingy. The Hornets have held opponents to seven points apiece through two games, but their offense struggled to put points on the board, averaging just 15.5 per game. Reed City leads the all-time series at 10-4.

Whittemore-Prescott (2-0) at Gaylord St. Mary (2-0), 7 p.m. – These two will meet for the first time Friday. Whittemore-Prescott is off to an impressive start in its first 8-player season, winning its first two games by a combined 114-44. The Snowbirds are averaging 55.5 points per game in wins over Central Lake and Forest Area.