Prep Football - Week Three And It's Interesting Games

Jeffrey Cottrell

Week Three should start to see things heat up. Teams will have to start winning a lot of they want to make the playoffs, if they have any defeats. The squads that are undefeated will want to continue on their winning ways. My team last night lost again, 36-26 after being down 30-6 at halftime. They showed a lot in the second half, but like we keep telling them, there are two halves to a game. Do y’all even care about my little football team? Doesn’t matter, I’ll talk about them every Thursday as my small form of catharsis. Now that I have that off my chest, let’s get into the games of the week.

West Coast

Hudsonville vs. Holland West Ottawa (at Hudsonville)

Hudsonville has a great football team this season. Currently, they are the #1 ranked squad in the Grand Rapids area according to the Grand Rapids Press. West Ottawa is no slouch either, and it should be a great game. Both teams play in the Ottawa-Kent Conference Red division with Muskegon and Rockford among the other tough opponents.

Besides being a tough game, this game will have more family divides than Michigan State vs. Michigan week. Defensive backs coach for Hudsonville Dave VanNoord, his son Zach, and nephew Jordan Keur will take on Jordan’s brother Tim Keur (defensive coordinator for West Ottawa). So it will be uncle, cousin, and brother taking on nephew/cousin/brother (Tim Keur). Whew! That was confusing! Imagine how Grandma would feel!

Detroit

Detroit Crockett Tech vs. Detroit Cass Tech (at Cass Tech)

The battle between the tech schools will rage this weekend. For those who don’t know, both teams play in the Detroit Public School League 1 (Along with Detroit Southeastern and their “soon to be Spartans”) and will open league play against each other. Junior running back Khyran Major for Crockett Tech has run the ball alright, but had better bring his best for the tough defense that Cass Tech has.

Cass Tech has the third ranked prospect in the Midwest according to Scout.com in Boubacar Cissoko.  He has verbally committed to that other team, it was reported here on SpartanNation.com that he was going to be on a “fact finding” visit to MSU this weekend with Fred Smith. Cass Tech hasn’t been playing as well as expected when the season began. This is the third week of the season and they should have all the jitters out and be ready to play some football, or fall behind in league play.

North

Iron Mountain vs. West Iron County (at Iron Mountain)

If you’ve been reading my entries, you’ll know that I think highly of U.P. football. They take it very seriously up there and love beating us “trolls” under the bridge. This game isn’t about U.P. vs. The Mitten though, this is a good game between what looks like two fine football squads. Iron Mountain is 2-0 as is WIC. From what I’ve heard, West Iron County is looking better than they have in recent years and this game will be a real challenge.

Iron Mountain has a lot of youth on their squad. The majority of the team is juniors. They still have played well and beaten two other teams. West Iron County played one close game but still was on the winning side. Iron Mountain beat WIC twice last season, once in the regular season and once in the Division 6 first round playoffs. These two U.P. teams will square off to see who has more iron in their veins and if West Iron County is a contender, or a pretender.

Mid Michigan

Flint Southwestern Academy vs. Grand Blanc (at Grand Blanc)

If you follow the Saginaw Valley League you’d know that Flint Southwestern has been the football doormat for a long time. They haven’t had a winning season since 1981, and that was before they became an academy. This season looks bright for the Knights though. This is mainly because of transfer student Mark Ingram Jr. Some may remember his father, Mark Ingram Sr. who played for Michigan State. What makes this game interesting is that Ingram Jr. transferred from Grand Blanc to FSWA. Southwestern coach Gary Lee seems to always have good players come into his programs. There was a little bit of bad blood between the two schools in regards to the transfer and its legality, but those concerns have been put to rest by the MHSAA.

This is the first meeting of the two teams and the first between a Big Nine Conference and Flint City Schools in 21 years (for a regular season game). Gary Lee said, “This is a sign people are taking the football programs in Flint a little more seriously.” It’s true; the Flint city schools have been making strides in their football programs. I don’t think they are there yet, but they’ve improved and that’s very important. This is the first meeting between the two schools. Grand Blanc has a heck of a team and lost to East Kentwood (that dang O-K Red Conference and their good teams!) but came back with a hard fought win over Lapeer West last week. They had better bring it and fight hard.

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