Lowell @ Muskegon
Hard to beat a rivalry game between two state powers. Muskegon is Lake Michigan’s No. 1 team in Division 2, Lowell No. 2. Lowell’s had the upper hand recently, winning the last three meetings and doing it when it matters most — the postseason — including last year 36-7. The Big Reds wouldn’t let Rockford get anything going on the ground last week. Lowell’s defensive front has been just as good, and will be tested by a Muskegon offense averaging 400 yards on the ground. Unlike Rockford, Lowell has a healthy quarterback. Who has had a better run of QB’s than the Red Arrows? Mark Catlin begets Keith Nichol, then Gabe Dean, and now Titan Anderson assumes the mantle. The senior hasn’t disappointed. He’s run for 420 yards and 5 TDs and thrown for 160 and two more scores.
Forest Hills Central @ Zeeland East
Take the “over” in this matchup of undefeated teams. Zeeland East, No. 1 in Division 3, is scoring 41 points per game; Forest Hills Central, No. 3 in Division 2, 52. East spreads it out and lets senior QB Michael Custer work his options, but the heart of it is still the running game provided by speedy senior Josh Blauwkamp and big junior Spencer Viening. The Rangers have a couple playmakers to match them on defense in senior linebackers Nic Lamica and Collin Schlosser. Tim Rogers, Kalamazoo College’s former coach, has really opened things up in his first season as Central’s head coach. Justin Chopp is loving it. The left-handed senior QB has completed 44-of-63 attempts for 832 yards and 11 TDs.
Portage Central @ Stevensville-Lakeshore
Lakeshore is looking to complete the Portage Sweep — they beat Northern last week 21-14, but it took two overtimes. Both teams are 3-0, with Portage Central No. 5 in Division 2 and the Lancers No. 3 in Division 3. If Central is going to slow down Lakeshore, they have to do something about the senior QB-WR combo of Johnny Nate and Harold Wiggins. Conversely, if Lakeshore is able to keep Central’s tiny but mighty senior running back DeJuan James out of the end zone, it would be a first. He’s found the end zone ever game this season, including four scores last week against Kalamazoo Central.