By Jason Goorman
Montague, which only won two games last season, is 2-0 following a surprisingly easy win over a very good Ravenna squad last week. Go figure.
Muskegon is on the cusp of the 800th victory in the history of its program. That can be accomplished Friday with a win at home against Grandville. The last such milestone – No. 700 – occurred 10 years ago, so this one will be worth watching for Big Red fans.
Then there was last week’s troubling non-game between Muskegon Heights and Muskegon Catholic.
The MHSAA ruled today that nobody will win or lose the game, and both teams can now make the playoffs with five wins rather than six. That was the only fair way to settle this unfortunate situation.
Perhaps most oddly of all, my picking ability remained in an ugly slump. After starting the season 8-8, I only improved slightly by going 7-5 last week.
Like I said, what an odd yet interesting (and unpredictable) season so far.
Grandville (2-0) at MUSKEGON (1-1) – The Big Reds got on track last weekend at GR Christian, and will be pumped for their first home game of the season. Chalk up victory No. 800 for the state’s winningest team.
Grand Haven (1-1) at REETHS-PUFFER (2-0) – Big game for two teams that want to turn the corner and make the playoffs this year. I think the return of running back Jordan Cooley gives the slight edge to the Rockets. We’ll see.
Rockford (1-1) at MONA SHORES – This one means a lot to the Sailors, whose only regular season loss last year was against the Rams. And the way their offense has been clicking, I don’t see anyone shutting them down. It’s not supposed to rain, is it?
Orchard View (0-2) at MUSKEGON CATHOLIC (0-1) – Talk about one frustrated group of Crusaders. The defending state champs got whipped in Week 1 at Oakridge, then had their game cancelled last week at Muskegon Heights. O-V will be 0-3 by the end of the night.
FRUITPORT (0-2) at Spring Lake (1-1) – The young Lakers rallied to beat Holland last week while Fruitport has been beaten up by Grand Haven and Mona Shores. But my gut tells me the Trojans are ready to break out and get a win.
LUDINGTON (0-2) at Fremont (0-2) – The Orioles’ quarterback, Jared Collins, has been putting up big numbers in his team’s two losses. On Friday he will pass for a victory in Lakes 8 action.
HESPERIA (2-0) at Kent City (0-2) – The Panthers are on a roll and the Eagles won’t slow them down.
HOLTON (1-1) at Lakeview (1-1) – The Red Devils put up 57 points on Three Oaks River Valley on Saturday. That’s all I need to know.
MONTAGUE (2-0) at Shelby (0-2) – The Wildcats demonstrated against Ravenna that they are a team to be reckoned with. Shelby keeps playing hard, week after week, but the Tigers aren’t the team to handle this challenge.
North Muskegon (1-1) at OAKRIDGE (1-1) – The Eagles will be angry after taking it on the chin against Detroit Loyola. North Muskegon is a good team, but will lose to an even better team for the second week in a row.
Detroit Loyola (2-0) at RAVENNA (1-1) – This is my upset special for the week. Ravenna is looking for revenge following last week’s ugly loss at Montague. Detroit Loyola played like a state champion (which it is) against Oakridge. But I say all the travel will wear down the visitors, and the Bulldogs will squeak out a win.
Mason County Central (2-0) at WHITEHALL (2-0) – The Spartans are off to a great start. That will end Friday night in Whitehall.
MUSKEGON HEIGHTS (1-0) at Manistee (2-0) – The Tigers surprised Newaygo in Week 1 and may surprise Manistee. My sources tell me I’m wrong on this but I don’t care.