Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 4, 2013

Prep Football Previews: Week 6


Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — TC Central at Petoskey

RECORDS: Central (3-2, 1-0 BNC); Petoskey (2-3, 0-2 BNC)

WHEN: 7 p.m. tonight

RADIO: AM-580 (TC); AM-1340 (Pet.)

Two teams, opposite directions recently. TC Central has won two straight, while Petoskey has lost three in a row. The Northmen return home after taking three losses on the road and are 2-0 at Curtis Field this season. The Trojans close out the regular season with four straight Big North Conference games, and are still in contention at 1-1 if they can win out.

TC West at Comstock Park

RECORDS: TC West (4-1, 2-0 BNC), Comstock Park (5-0, 2-0 OK-Blue)

WHEN: 7 p.m. tonight

Division 4 No. 6-ranked Comstock Park will provide yet another tough test on TC West’s brutal schedule. The Panthers have had only one close game this season, topping Allendale 27-25. That is Allendale’s only loss of the season, and West hosts the Falcons in the regular season’s final week. The Titans, meanwhile, have won four straight, despite a rash of injuries. West could get several offensive linemen back this week, including Jake Cerny, but will be without its best blocker in Connor Hayes (torn meniscus) the rest of the year and massive left tackle Thiyo Lukusa for several weeks.

Elk Rapids at Grayling

RECORDS: Elk Rapids (4-1, 2-0 LMC); Grayling (4-1, 2-0 LMC)

WHEN: 7 p.m. tonight

RADIO: FM-101.1/AM-1230 (Gry.)

Both of these teams have been rolling and piling up points. And the only blemish on each’s record is a setback to Traverse City St. Francis. Elk Rapids averages 32.6 points a game and Grayling puts up 33.2 a contest. Neither is a slouch on defense, either, as the Elks have surrendered just 9.8 points a game and the Vikings 17.4. Elk Rapids and Grayling join Boyne City as the only teams left without an LMC loss.

McBain at Lake City

RECORDS: Lake City (5-0, 2-0 HC); McBain (4-1, 2-0 HC)

WHEN: 7 p.m. tonight

The game of the week in the Highland Conference pits undefeated Lake City against 4-1 McBain. Both are 2-0 in Highland play, and Lake City needs to win to make the following week’s matchup to Beal City even more important. The Trojans have been mauling teams in the first five weeks, outscoring their opponents 262-6. You read that right — SIX. McBain has won four straight after an opening-week loss to Kingsley. The Ramblers average 32.8 points a game, and Lake City hasn’t been held under 45 so far.

Charlevoix at TC St. Francis

RECORDS: St. Francis (3-2); Charlevoix (1-4, 0-3 LMC)

WHEN: 7 p.m. tonight

RADIO: FM-89.9 (TCSF); AM-1270/FM-102.3 (Chx.)

After suffering a 27-14 loss to Boyne City last week, St. Francis looks to get back on track when it hosts the former Lake Michigan Conference foe Red Rayders, who have lost 11 straight to the Gladiators dating back to 2001. Charlevoix has lost four in a row since opening the season with a 20-0 victory over St. Ignace. Part of Charlevoix’s trouble getting a victory can be attributed to a tough schedule that has seen them play opponents that are a combined 21-4 this season.