ZUKE: Week 2 prep football predictions

There were several surprises last week — which is typically the case during Week 1. Some teams will look to bounce back after disappointing losses (Big Rapids), while others will look to build off impressive season-opening performances (Reed City, Chippewa Hills). Here’s how I have our local teams faring this week:

Fremont at Chippewa Hills: The Warriors made a statement last week by downing a solid Haslett team 29-6 to open the season. With the large crowd expected for their home opener at their newly renovated athletic complex, Chippewa Hills should come out firing once again. Fremont, which lost 39-0 to Sparta to open the season, will be welcomed into the Central State Activities Association on Thursday, but I don’t expect it will be a cordial greeting. The Warriors should roll in this one.

Prediction: Chippewa Hills 44, Fremont 6

Morley Stanwood at Pine River: The two teams haven’t played since 2007, but this nonconference tilt should be a dandy. The Mohawks took care of Central Montcalm 25-14 last week, while the Bucks fell to Kalkaska 21-18. Whichever team takes care of the football should come out on top in a close one.

Prediction: Morley Stanwood 27, Pine River 25

Wyoming Tri-Unity Christian at Crossroads: The Cougars’ youth was exposed last week in a 41-7 loss to Manistee Catholic Central. CCA faces another tough test Thursday in its home opener against Tri-Unity Christian, which blanked St. Joseph Michigan Lutheran 41-0 last week. It should be another lopsided victory for the Defenders.

Prediction: Tri-Unity Christian 46, Crossroads 8

Grant at Big Rapids: The Cardinals should come out on Friday with a chip on their shoulder after getting routed by Cadillac 40-6 last week. If Big Rapids wants to be in contention for the CSAA Gold title this year, this is a must-win. It beat Grant 20-14 last year but the Tigers are expected to be improved this year. They defeated Shelby 49-6 last week.

Prediction: Big Rapids 23, Grant 20

Newaygo at Reed City: The Coyotes’ quest for a sixth straight conference title begins Friday. Several first-year starters stepped up in last week’s 32-9 win over North Muskegon and should take another step forward this week. Newaygo’s three-year playoff streak was snapped last year when it finished 2-7, but the Lions should be better this season. The score will be close at halftime before Reed City begins to pull away late.

Prediction: Reed City 30, Newaygo 16

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Ryan is the sports editor for the Big Rapids Pioneer, covering local prep sports and Ferris State athletics. He can be contacted at (231) 592-8363 or rzuke@pioneergroup.com.

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