Top 5 Area Games: Week 9

The final week of the 2021 high school football regular season is upon us in northern Michigan and features several great non-conference matchups and a big NMFC Legends meeting in Kingsley.

Friday, Oct. 22
D7 No. 1 Traverse City St. Francis (8-0, 6-0 NMFC Legends) at D5 No. 3 Kingsley (8-0, 6-0 NMFC Legends), 7 p.m. –  Our Sports Overtime Game of the Week, this one has been circled on many people’s calendars since the start of two-a-days. These two are near even in terms of numbers offensively and defensively. Kingsley has won two straight in the series. St. Francis leads the all-time series at 9-5.

Friday, Oct. 22
Detroit Catholic Central (6-2) at Traverse City West (6-2), 7 p.m. – A great playoff primer for both schools. This marks the first meeting between the two since 2001. West had a three-game win streak snapped last week to Marquette while Catholic Central has won six of its last seven tp finish second in the CHSL Central Division. Catholic Central won both previous meetings.

Friday, Oct. 22
D6 No. 9 Standish-Sterling (7-1) at D5 No. 8 Gladwin (8-0), 7 p.m. – Gladwin can cap off its first undefeated regular season since 1979 with a win Friday. Standish-Sterling is having its best campaign since going 9-2 in 2013. It’s all the first winning season for the Panthers since 2013. The Flying G’s posted their sixth shutout of the season last week. Standish-Sterling leads the all-time series at 34-29.

Friday, Oct. 22
Glen Lake (3-5, 2-2 NMFC Leaders) at Mancelona (5-2, 2-2 NMFC Leaders), 7 p.m. – A win for Glen Lake good very well put the Lakers in the playoffs. Mancelona has dropped two straight, with losses to Boyne City and Charlevoix. Glen Lake has won two straight. The Lakers lead the all-time series at 5-0.

Saturday, Oct. 23
Bay City All Saints (6-2, 4-2 North Central Thumb Stripes) at Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart (6-2, 5-1 North Central Thumb Stripes), 1 p.m. – Sacred Heart has won five straight to lock up a second-place spot in the North Central Thumb League Stripes. All Saints is enjoying its best season since first moving to 8-player in 2017. The Irish won both meetings a year ago, including a 51-12 victory in a regional semifinal. Sacred Heart leads the all-time series at 5-3.

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