Top 5 Area Games: Week 6

The 2020 high school football regular season comes to a conclusion this weekend with a trio of intriguing conference championship matchups and a pair promising non-conference tilts.

Friday, Oct. 23
D7 No. 8 Charlevoix (5-0, 4-0 NMFL Leaders) at Glen Lake (4-1, 3-0 NMFL Leaders), 7 p.m. – The Northern Michigan Football League Leaders championship is up for grabs in our Sports Overtime Game of the Week. The Rayders have gone 12-4 over the last one-plus seasons and can win their first conference championship since 2000 on Friday. Glen Lake (4-1, 3-0 NMFL Leaders) can win its fourth straight league championship with a victory Friday. The Lakers are 7-3 all-time against Charlevoix.

Friday, Oct. 23
Division 8 No. 7 Johannesburg-Lewiston (5-0, 3-0 NMFL Legacy) at Harbor Springs (3-2, 3-0 NMFL Legacy), 7 p.m. – This marks the third straight year these two have met to settle the NMFL Legacy race. The Cardinals haven’t dropped a NMFL Legacy came since 2017 and have won back-to-back league titles. Harbor Springs hasn’t won a conference championship since 1987. Johannesburg-Lewiston is 3-1 all-time against Harbor Springs.

Friday, Oct. 23
Division 6 No. 4 Clare (5-0, 5-0 Jack Pine) at Division 6 HM Sanford Meridian (4-1, 4-1 Jack Pine), 7 p.m. – Clare locked up a share of a Jack Pine Conference title with a win last week over rival Harrison and can secure the outright title with a win this Friday. Sanford Meridian has won four straight since dropping a 6-0 contest to Beaverton in Week 1. The Mustangs are seeking their first league title since 2015. The Pioneers are 36-11 all-time against the Mustangs.

Friday, Oct. 23
Division 2 No. 6 Traverse City Central (5-0) at Division 1 HM Macomb Dakota (4-1), 7 p.m. – Traverse City Central has rolled through another Big North Conference season with relative ease. Macomb Dakota is Central’s biggest non-conference matchup in several years and serves as the perfect playoff primer. Dakota’s enrollment is more than twice that of Central’s. The Cougars play in the tough MAC Red that always features several preseason state title contenders. A win Friday would give the Trojans their first undefeated regular season since 2015.

Saturday, Oct. 24
Jackson Lumen Christi (2-3) at Traverse City St. Francis (3-2), 3 p.m. – Their records may not be the most impressive this fall, but what a matchup to end the last day of the regular season. These two have combined to win 17 state championships and make 22 state title game appearances. Lumen Christi has dropped two straight, including forfeiting its game against Parma Western last week because of eligibility issues. St. Francis has won two straight since dropping a 36-23 contest to Kingsley in Week 3. This marks the first meeting between the two.

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