By Ron Rop

MUSKEGON–Reeths-Puffer football coach Cody Kater’s Rocket football team will get its first major test on Friday night and it’s going to be a big one.

Kater’s Rockets (2-0) will make the crosstown trip to historic Hackley Stadium to take on the Muskegon Big  Reds (1-1) in a key OK Green matchup.

Prior to the season, Kater preached about his long-term goal of closing the gap between his team and the OK Green powers that also reside in Muskegon County – the Big Reds and the Mona Shores Sailors.

“We’ve changed a lot of norms throughout the hallways, throughout the weight room and throughout the locker room,” Kater said during preseason preparations.

That isn’t the only game that is sparking interest among area high school football fans.

Surprising Fremont (2-0) hosts Ludington in a West Michigan Conference Lakes Division game while East Kentwood visits Grand Haven (1-1).  Grand Rapids West Catholic pays a visit to Spring Lake.

Friday’s games (All games begin at 7 p.m.)

Tri County at Grant   

Ludington at Fremont 

Allendale vs. Fruitport, at Hope College

East Kentwood at Grand Haven

Shelby at Hart 

Hesperia at White Cloud

Ravenna at Holton

Mason County Central at North Muskegon 

Orchard View at Montague

Reeths-Puffer at Muskegon 

Benton Harbor at Muskegon Catholic Central 

Detroit Edison at Muskegon Heights Academy

Oakridge at Manistee 

Holland at Mona Shores 

Newaygo at Morley Stanwood

Grand Rapids West Catholic at Spring Lake

Alpena at Whitehall 

Saturday’s Game (1PM)

Watervliet @ Kent City