When week 2 is all said and done, many teams will be 1/3 of their way to the goal of clinching a post-season berth, while others on the flip-side will be just a loss away from reaching their margin of error in the race for a playoff spot.
Here's a look at some of the most interesting games on Week 2′s slate:
(1-0) Everett @ (1-0) Saginaw High – Battle between 2 struggling inner city programs looking to reclaim glory of years past. Both started off with big wins in week 1 and somebody is going to come out 2-0 after this one is said and done. Projected Winner: Everett
(1-0) Brandon @ (1-0) Lapeer West – Lapeer West is coming off of an impressive ‘upset' over Davison, while Brandon was almost flawless, in their 46-0 win over Kearsley. A win here give the victor a leg up in a very competitive Metro this year, where the race should be wide open. Projected Winner: Lapeer West
(0-1) Linden @ (1-0) Holly – It's still early but Linden is almost in a must win situation this week against Holly. Another loss would drop them to 0-2 in conference play. I still have confidence that they would make a great push or for the playoffs, even with 2 losses in the he L column but hopes of a FML title would be a longshot. Holly on the other hand, is coming off of a thrilling 32-26 win over Swartz Creek. Holly has actually taken 2 of the last 3 from Linden, breaking a 5 year losing skid before that. Projected Winner: Linden
(1-0) Byron @ (1-0) Bendle – Outside of New Lothrop's 28-7 win over St. Francis last week, Bendle's 41-0 win over Genesee was the most impressive outing GAC Blue play. The Tigers have high hopes to go 2-0 in conference play and attempt to do it while at home against the Eagles. Projected Winner: Bendle
(1-0) Harbor Beach @ (1-0) Sandusky – Something's gotta give this week when Harbor Beach travels to Sandusky for Greater Thumb East action. Both teams combined for 92 points last week and didn't give up anything. The winner here could establish themselves as the front runner for the GTCE crown. Projected Winner: Harbor Beach
(1-0) Carman-Ainsworth @ (1-0) Heritage – Junior Speedster and highly touted Brian Cole put on a show in his season debut with the Hawks, in there win over Walled Lake Central. This week, he will go up against arguably the most athletic defense he will see all year in Carman-Ainsworth. The Cavs shutdown and shutout offensive powerhouse Grand Blanc last week, en-route to a 13-0 win. Heritage will need more than just Cole to move to 2-0, which would be a complete 360 from their 0-3 start last year. This has the potential for the game of the week. Projected Winner: Carman-Ainsworth
(1-0) Flushing @ (1-0) Midland Dow – Flushing started off on the right foot with a 21-7 win over Milford in week 1, their last season opener in the Saginaw Valley League. Dow thrashed Bay City Central 63-21, the most points they've scored since a 66-0 win over Flint Northwestern 13 years ago. This week, we'll get to see if the ball just bounced Dow's way on every turn or if this is a high powered offense we will be hearing lots about this season. Projected Winner: Midland Dow
(0-1) Mt. Pleasant @ (1-0) Powers – I'm convinced, after watching Mt. Pleasant last week, that there's lots of upside with the Oilers. They committed 4 turnovers and had 10 penalties last week and still hung with DeWitt, all the way up until the middle of the fourth quarter, falling by 12 points in a game where they nearly doubled the Panthers in yardage. With a big play running game, led by Michael Tweh and an extremely mobile quarterback, it will be interesting to see how they rebound against Powers, who had an impressive 41-14 win over Armada last week. The Chargers are just 2 years removed from a state title and a year removed from one of the best regular seasons in school history but are now without All-State QB Garret Pougnet, who is now with Southern Illinois at the next level. This game could go either way and hinge upon so many different factors, that it makes it a must see game. Projected Winner: Mt. Pleasant
(0-1) Frankenmuth @ (1-0) Birch Run – Frankenmuth fell to a tough Hemlock squad by a score in the season opener, while the Panthers got off to a good start with an 8 point win against Chesaning. The big TVC East rivals should be in for a good game. Birch Run is looking to break a 2 year losing streak to the Eagles, while Frankenmuth cannot afford to start the season 0-2. Projected Winner: Frankenmuth
(1-0) Millington @ (1-0) Garber – Both teams wasted no time smashing their week one opponents. Millington took care of business against Mt. Morris, while he Dukes amassed 62 points in the season opener. These two teams have given us some of the most memorable games over the past 10 years and this year should be no different. The winner of this game would be on the inside track, at least in the early goings, of the race for the TVCE Crown. Projected Winner: Millington
(1-0) Ithaca @ (1-0) St. Charles – Without question, the biggest rivalry since the new Tri-Valley West was formed back in 2006. These two teams have been the top two programs, with Ithaca of course, being without peer over the past 3 seasons, winning three state titles and 42 games in a row. After last week, they made it 43 with a blowout win over Williamston. St. Charles took care of Hamady 38-0 and now the kings of the West come into town. If Ithaca gets past St. Charles, I'm not sure we'll see a great threat to end the winning streak before it hits 51 but the season is still young. Projected Winner: Ithaca
(1-0) Beal City @ (0-1) Clare – Beal City turned into what was supposed to be a rivalry showdown game last week against Sacred Heart into a one –sided affair. This, they turn their attention to another rival in Clare. Clare came up short against Freeland in week 1 and are now looking to turn things around but it's not going to get much easier this week. After breaking a 3 year losing streak last year to the Pioneers, Beal City is looking to string together a streak of their own this year with a win. Projected Winner: Beal City
Stay tuned on Friday night for scores from across Mid-Michigan, and a gallery and story from the game of the week, along with a weekend recap on the top performances.
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