We have officially arrived at October football for everyone. Get your popcorn ready and get the shirts out of the closet because some exciting cold-weather football is almost here. Let’s take a look at this week’s best matchups in Michigan high school football.
Utica Eisenhower (5-1) @ No. 12 Dakota (6-0)
This could be the best matchup in the state this week.
Dakota continues to rise in the ranking. Will the pressure get to them and Utica pull off the upset, or can Dakota improve to 7-0?
St. Louis (0-6) @ Lutheran Valley (0-6)
This week’s battle of winless teams features St. Louis and Valley Lutheran. A win is big no matter the record or the opponent, so for one of these teams, a disappointing season drags on. For the other, all the hard work will finally pay off.
North Branch (6-0) @ Navy (5-1)
North Branch’s quest for a perfect season has a major hurdle to overcome this week as it heads to Armada.
This is a great game for two teams that are having very good years, and Armada has the home crowd to back them up against the undefeated away side. This should be good.
Bad Ax (4-1) @ Laker (5-0)
A similar story for this battle. Both teams are having great seasons, and there’s a good opportunity in front of both of them to do even better. It certainly won’t be easy for either of them, especially Bad Ax as he heads into hostile territory against an undefeated foe. Games like this are special.
Bedford (4-2) @ No. 7 Salina (6-0)
Saline is one of the best teams in the state. The Hornets have been dominating the SEC for years and once again have a perfect record in October.
Bedford is also always a powerhouse in the conference, but does he have what it takes to go to Saline and beat the Hornets 6-0? You’re going to want to keep an eye on this one.
Gladwin (6-0) at Notre Dame High School (6-1)
Several undefeated teams have very tough challenges ahead of them this week, and Gladwin is one of them. Following the path to ND Prep will not be easy. Will Gladwin remain perfect or can ND Prep spoil the show?
Ludington (5-1) @ No. 15 Whitehall (6-0)
Whitehall, ranked 12th, have a sneaky and tough matchup this week. Ludington have had a very solid year so far, and a win against an undefeated ranked team could turn heads. If Whitehall sleepwalks, he could be in real trouble.
Chippewa Valley (5-1) @ Romeo (4-2)
Romeo has home court advantage here, and welcoming a prominent team is sure to get the crowd buzzing, but he’ll need his A-game to take down Chippewa Valley and stay among the ranked teams.
Western Walled Lake (5-1) @ Mott (5-1)
Walled Lake Western is coming off its first loss of the season a week ago to Davison, and it will be interesting to see the response to that.
Mott is having a good year and is playing at home. After a team goes undefeated for a while like Walled Lake did, that first loss can deflate and derail a season. We’ll see if Western can get back on track and avoid a downward spiral.
Ovid-Elsie (4-2) @ New Lothrop (6-0)
New Lothrop are another undefeated side having a big test this week. This game makes a big difference to the Ovid-Elsie season. 5-2 is very different from 4-3. Taking down an undefeated on the road can spark a raise to end the year. This one should provide a lot of excitement.