Top 5 Area Games: Week 5

The 2020 high school football season continues this week with one of the oldest rivalries in the state meeting in Ludington and a pair of conference championships settled.

Friday, Oct. 16
Manistee (3-1, 1-1 Lakes 8) at Ludington (3-1, 1-1 Lakes 8), 7 p.m. – Our Sports Overtime Game of the Week, this marks the 143rd meeting between the two schools. This rivalry series dates back to 1895. Ludington won last year’s meeting 45-14, snapping a two-game skid to Manistee. Ludington leads series 69-62-11. The MISportsNow team will also be broadcasting and live streaming Friday’s game. You can view the first half of the game on Local 32 and the entire game on the free VUit app, on 9&10 Plus or on MISportsNow.com. Live coverage begins at 6:55 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 16
Munising (4-0) at Cedarville (3-1), 7 p.m. – Munising is enjoying a 4-0 start in its first year of 8-player football. Cedarville’s only blemish was a 20-0 loss to Pickford in Week 2. This marks the first meeting between the two schools.

Friday, Oct. 16
Cadillac (3-1, 3-1 Big North) at Traverse City West (3-1, 3-1 Big North), 7 p.m. – Traverse City West has rolled since opening its season with a big loss to rival Traverse City Central, outscoring opponents 130-9 over its last three games. Cadillac’s lone loss was to Central. Cadillac’s last win over West came back in 2014. West is 17-6 all-time against Cadillac.

Friday, Oct. 16
Harrison (3-1, 3-1 Jack Pine) at D6 No. 5 Clare (4-0, 4-0 Jack Pine), 7 p.m. – Clare can secure at least a share of a Jack Pine Conference championship with a win against its rival Friday. Harrison dropped a 42-40 regular-season meeting a year ago before cruising to a 38-6 victory over the Pioneers in a pre-district contest. The Pioneers faced their first true test of the 2020 season last week in a 41-30 win over Gladwin. Clare is 33-11 against Harrison since 1950.

Friday, Oct. 16
D7 No. 7 McBain (4-0, 4-0 Highland) at D8 No. 8 Beal City (4-0, 4-0 Highland), 7 p.m. – The Ramblers have rolled this season, outscoring their first four opponents by a combined 170-36. The Aggies snuck out a 16-8 win over Roscommon a week ago and face a McBain team that handed them their only regular-season loss a year ago. The winner of this secures the Highland Conference title outright. Beal City is 35-14 against McBain since 1950.

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