Week 5 of the highschool football season kicks off this week as teams start their critical push towards the playoffs.
The game of the week shall be a conflict of powerhouses when Zeeland East meets Muskegon.
Key games are in retailer for the relaxation of the local groups as well, with one sport, Zeeland East-Holland not occurring as this would be the first of Holland’s forfeits the relaxation of the season after asserting it’s going to end its varsity season after Week 4 due to numbers and participant security.
Here is a look at the Friday night time matchups:
Zeeland West at Muksegon
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Muskegon’s Hackley Stadium
RECORDS: Zeeland West 4-0, Muskegon 3-1
LAST WEEK: Zeeland West beat Holland 56-0, Muskegon beat Zeeland East 41-19
SERIES RECORD: Muskegon leads 5-1
LAST MEETING: Last 12 months, Muskegon gained 28-0
SCOUTING REPORT: Muskegon’s only loss is to defending Division 2 state champion De La Salle and this matchup shall be a showdown of groups that might be headed for deep playoff runs themselves this season. The Zeeland West offense has been rolling, scoring 28 or extra factors every recreation this season. But it has been the defense that has been spectacular. The Dux protection had alowed simply 15 points all season, and it was all to perennial playoff energy Stevensville Lakeshore in a 66-15 season-opening win. The Dux then shut out one other playoff perennial Cedar Springs, then shut out rival Zeeland East earlier than shutting out Holland last week. If the defense can continue to perform, the Dux will have an opportunity to earn their first regular-season win in opposition to Muskegon in the historical past of the matchup. The Big Reds, in the meantime are 3-1 but each sport has been shut. They have outscored opponents 105-102 this season, beating Reeths-Puffer and East Kentwood by one landing apiece. It is shaping as a lot as be one of many top games within the state this year.
Hudsonville at West Ottawa
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday
WHERE: West Ottawa Stadium
RECORDS: West Ottawa 2-2, Hudsonville 0-4
LAST WEEK: West Ottawa lost 35-14 to Grandville, Hudsonville lost 40-14 to Caledonia
SERIES RECORD: West Ottawa leads 18-7
LAST MEETING: Last yr, Hudsonville received 42-17
SCOUTING REPORT: Don’t let the 0-4 record fool you, the Eagles have lost to some perennial state powers in Saline, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, Grandville and Caledonia to start the season. This is poised to be an especially close sport with lots on the road. For Hudsonville, a loss will elminiate the Eagles from playoff rivalry. With the upcoming schedule for the Panthers, this might be a pivotal recreation in their probability at making the playoffs as well. The West Ottawa protection has been spectacular at times, but struggled towards high-powered offenses like Rockford and Grandville. This will be the statement sport for the West Ottawa protection and could set the desk for a strong rest of the season within the OK Red.
“Hudsonville has played a really difficult schedule to begin the season and is an excellent soccer staff regardless of the 0 – 4 begin. They are a really sound group with particular weapons that can damage you shortly. Again, that is more about us than the opponent. We need to proceed to improve as a staff and focus on how we are able to get higher day in and time out if we wish to have a chance in opposition to quality opponents.” – Pat Collins
Spring Lake at Holland Christian
WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: Holland Christian
RECORDS: Holland Christian 2-2, Spring Lake 1-3
LAST WEEK: Holland Christian misplaced 28-14 to West Catholic, Spring Lake misplaced 53-17 to Allendale
SERIES RECORD: Holland Christian leads 4-3
LAST MEETING: Last year, Spring Lake gained 47-12
SCOUTING REPORT: The Lakers started the season with a close loss to Montague and an in depth win over Zeeland East, adopted by two blowout losses to West Catholic and Allendale, two teams off to stellar begins. This ought to be a return to a detailed recreation. Holland Christian’s high-powered offense will look to set the tone in opposition to a protection that has allowed 94 factors within the last two video games (but also simply 34 in the first two games). The Maroons protection has been a pleasing surprise this year and can likely determine this week’s fate. If the Maroons could make a few key stops, they’ll earn their third win of the season, something they have not done since 2019.
Hamilton at Unity Christian
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Hudsonville’s Baldwin Athletic Complex
RECORDS: Hamilton 2-2, Unity Christian 2-2
LAST WEEK: Hamilton lost 28-14 to Coopersville, Unity Christian beat Fruitport 60-46
SERIES RECORD: Unity Christian leads 13-2
LAST MEETING: Last 12 months, Unity Christian won 65-7
SCOUTING REPORT: Both teams have played properly offensively, with Unity Christian scoring 142 points through 4 games and Hamilton scoring 131. Both offenses have discovered their rhythm for the most part, with some struggles with powerfull offenses. Which protection will be ready to make the most changes and lead to the most stops? That will determine this matchup as both teams look to enhance to a successful document and remain in playoff rivalry.
“They are 2-2 and aren’t what they had been a year ago but nonetheless are a extremely good group. We played much better last week against Coopersville so we hope we can build on that. Could be a low possession sport as we both like to run the ball, so we now have to complete off drives. We cannot have 10 plays the place we move the ball 50+ yards after which come up empty. Our protection must be disciplined with their eyes and play with nice gap integrity in opposition to their Wing-T offense. They are renowned by HS coaches nationwide for how properly they execute on that aspect of the ball and we will have to execute at a excessive level to take them off their game once they’re on offense.”
Saugatuck at Comstock
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Comstock High School
RECORDS: Saugatuck 1-3, Comstock 1-3
LAST WEEK: Saugatuck lost 28-7 to Parchment, Comstock lost 62-8 to White Pigeon
SERIES RECORD: Saugatuck leads 2-0
LAST MEETING: 2019, Saugatuck 33-12
SCOUTING REPORT: The Comstock offense has struggled this season. The Colts scored 40 poitns of their win over Cassopolis, but had been shut out by Schoolcraft, Allegan and scored eight towards White Pigeon. Meanwhile, Saugatuck additionally has struggled offenseively, scoring simply seven factors in every of the past two video games, losses to Brandywine and Parchment. Whichever group can get into somewhat of an offensive rhythm will set the tone for the game and give that team its second win of the season.
Fennville at Bangor
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Bangor High SChool
RECORDS: Fennville 2-2, Bangor 2-2
LAST WEEK: Fennville lost 58-14 to Gobles, Bangor lost 76-0 to Martin
SERIES RECORD: Fennville leads 21-20-2
LAST MEETING: 2014, Fennville received 34-32
SCOUTING REPORT: Both teams have seen the offense rolling at occasions, however struggling at instances. Bangor was shutout the previous two video games after scoring 34 and 58 points, respectively, in the first two video games. Without Ben Peterson, the Blackhawks have struggled, managing 14 and 18 factors in the past two video games, not including the forfeit win over Bloomingdale. Peterson, the quarterback and defending Holland Sentinel Offensive Player of the Year, injured his leg in Week 2 and hasn’t returned. Coach Richard Roth mentioned Peterson is week-to-week.
“The key for our week is creating a finishing mentality and constructing psychological toughness. This week is about us getting better at what we do and building off of that. Bangor has some shiftiness about them and we will need to pin them in on protection. Offensively, we will want to execute our assignments and make the most of our speed to get behind them.” – Richard Roth