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


Posted by Ryan Zuke

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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