Manistee, Ludington Face Off in 144th Edition of the Rivalry in Game of the Week

MANISTEE — The fifth longest running rivalry in Michigan high school football history is set for Friday as Manistee hosts Ludington in the 144th meeting between the two programs for our Sports Overtime Game of the Week.

A rivalry that dates back to 1895, Manistee won 21-20 in a thriller last year after an interception by the Chippewas in the end-zone which foiled Ludington’s two point attempt for the go ahead victory with time expired. Before that, Ludington snapped a two-game skid to Manistee in 2019 with a 45-14 win.

“It’s obviously an important one, these kids play each other in pop-warner, they play each other in other sports, so you know they know us, we know them,” said Manistee head football coach Troy Bytwork.

“It means everything man, this is what we work for. We haven’t stopped working since we won last year,” said Manistee senior Ayden Breland. “Everybody is just putting in the work everyday and we all want to see the outcome we’re putting the work in for, so we’re looking for a great game this year.

A win on Friday night for Manistee (1-1) would mark the first time since 2017 and 2018 that the Chippewas won the series two straight years.


Last Five Meetings in Ludington-Manistee Series
2020 – Manistee 21, Ludington 20
2019 – Ludington 45, Manistee 14
2018 – Manistee 33, Ludington 14
2017 – Manistee 42, Ludington 28
2016 – Ludington 26, Manistee 13


Despite last year’s loss, Ludington (1-1) owns the all-time series lead with 69 wins to Manistee’s 63 and they expect another great matchup.

“Last year was a heartbreaker at the end of the game and we just want to avenge that and, you know, use the emotion and frustration from last week to execute,” said Ludington senior Eddie Gamble.

“It was heartbreaking last year, when they came down that one really hurt to lose that ball game last year. So, the guys that were a part of that are kind of talking to the younger guys and you know, the Dad’s Trophy is at stake and that’s a big deal. Like you said, it’s the 144th meeting and we certainly want to put our best foot forward,” said Ludington head football coach Charlie Gunsell.

Manistee and Ludington face off for the Sports Overtime Game of the Week on Friday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m.


Oldest Michigan High School Football Rivalries 
1893 – Battle Creek Central vs. Kalamazoo Central (1893-2020, 117 games)
1894 – Saginaw Arthur Hill vs. Saginaw (formerly West Side vs. East Side) (1894-2020, 125 games)
1894 – Menominee, Michigan vs. Marinette, Wis. (1894-2020, 114 games)
1895 – Negaunee vs. Ishpeming (1895-2019, 147 games)
1895 – Ludington vs. Manistee (1895-2020, 143 games)

Total Number of Games Played (*active series)
147 – * Negaunee vs. Ishpeming (1895-202, 147 games, Negaunee leads series 70-65-12) (Negaunee 40, Ishpeming 20, in 2019)
143 – * Ludington vs. Manistee (1895-2020, 143 games, Ludington leads series 69-63-11) (Manistee 21, Ludington 20, in 2020)
141 – Negaunee vs. Marquette (1894-2017, 141 games, Negaunee led series 70-60-11 following 2017)
125 – * Saginaw vs. Saginaw Arthur Hill (1894-2020, 125 games, Saginaw Arthur Hill leads series 61-53-11) (Saginaw Arthur Hill 46, Saginaw 19 in 2020)
124 – * Escanaba vs. Menominee (1897-2020, 124 games, Menominee leads series 67-54-3) (Menominee won by forfeit in 2020 – Escanaba 26, Menominee 20, in 2019)

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