It’s September, and they’re entering the thick of it in West Michigan, making it too hard to pick just one game of the week. Here are some terrific options.
Muskegon @ Rockford
This is no longer an O-K Red game, as Muskegon was moved out of the league. But it remains one of the Lake Michigan area’s top rivalries, albeit one that typically favors the Rams, because these are programs are always competitive, have strong fan bases, and compete at the state level. Rockford QB Kyle Short could be back just in time for Rockford, because as Muskegon coach Shane Fairfield told us last week, the Big Reds may be back to playing Tony Annese era football. Muskegon is 2-0 and ranked No. 1 in Division 2, Rockford is 1-1 and the Lake’s No. 1 in Division 1.
Grand Rapids Christian @ Kenowa Hills
This could be a fun game because both teams have the athletes that can make plays in space. Kenowa is hoping to avoid a repeat of last season’s playoff opener, when the Eagles advanced 48-21. Not helping the Knights’ cause, their top two-way lineman, junior Zach Evans, may miss the game with a concussion. It’s too bad, as he might have matched up with GRC junior lineman Tommy Doles, two Big Ten prospects going at it. Kenowa is 2-0 and No. 4 in Division 2, GR Christian is 1-1 and No. 2 in Division 3.
Montague @ Muskegon Oakridge
Oakridge won this one last year by a point — which ultimately denied Montague a three-way tie atop the West Michigan Confernce along with Oakridge and Shelby. Oakridge becomes a heavy favorite if Montague QB Brandon Moore and running back Brandon Stine can’t go after being hurt against Hart. Montague is 2-0 and No. 1 in Division 6, while Oakridge is 2-0 and No. 2 in Division 5.
Dowagiac @ Plainwell
This is the Wolverine Conference opener for both teams. Both teams are 2-0, Dowagiac ranked No. 4 in Division 5 and Plainwell No. 5 in Division 4. Plainwell has yet to beat the Chieftans, and if this one gets close you have to favor Dowagiac thanks to senior Brett Scanlon. He could be a future Big Ten kicker, and last season against Plainwell nailed a 55-yarder.