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Blitz preview: Week 4

OK Silver showdown highlights week four
Hopkins at Belding highlights week four on The Blitz
Posted at 2:21 PM, Oct 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-09 19:34:47-04
    WEST MICHIGAN —
  • Game of the Week: Hopkins (3-0) at Belding (3-0)

The Blitz Game of the Week brings us back to the OK Silver where Hopkins looks to make it 17 consecutive conference victories when the Vikings travel to Rudness Field.

With a win, the Black Knights can clinch at least a share of the OK Silver championship with just one remaining conference game on the schedule.

The Vikings beat Belding twice in the abnormal OK Silver regular season in 2019.

"I know Belding is going to have an ax to grind, they're going to want revenge on last year's wins," said Hopkins head coach, Cody Francis.

  • Blitz Battle: Centreville (3-0) at Mendon (3-0)

Due to a shortage of officials, the Centreville at Mendon football game will be played on Thursday evening at 7 PM.

The Hornets have won 12 of the last 13 meetings in the series, dating back to 2006. Mendon also won in 2019, 3-0 the final.

  • South Christian (3-0) at Cedar Springs (2-1)

In the OK Gold, Cedar Springs is coming off of a tough 42-28 setback against defending state champion, Grand Rapids Catholic Central in week three.

Gus Kapolka and the Red Hawks now turn their focus to hosting unbeaten South Christian.

The Sailors are getting set for a major challenge after knocking off Kenowa Hills, Forest Hills Eastern and Ottawa Hills in the first three weeks.

  • Byron Center (3-0) at Lowell (3-0)

The two unbeatens in the OK White square off on Friday night when Lowell hosts Byron Center.

The Bulldogs have been as impressive anyone in West Michigan, with dominant wins over Forest Hills Northern and Grand Rapids Christian in weeks one and two before leading Forest Hills Central, 21-0 after a quarter and winning, 35-14.

Meanwhile, the Red Arrows are also 3-0 after an impressive win over East Grand Rapids in week one and then beating Northview and Greenville to follow.

It will be the first meeting between the two programs since a 2015 district final, won by Lowell, 48-17.

  • East Grand Rapids (2-1) vs. Forest Hills Central (2-1) at Forest Hills Eastern

Also in the OK White, East Grand Rapids and Forest Hills Central look to stay alive for a share of the conference crown on Friday night.

The Rangers lone loss came to Byron Center in week three while the Pioneers fell to Lowell in week one.

The teams last met back in 2015 in the old OK White with the Pioneers winning, 28-0.

  • Muskegon (2-1) at Zeeland East (2-1)

In the OK Green, Muskegon travels to Zeeland East in a showdown of one loss teams.

The Chix fell, 34-14 in the annual Bird Bowl in week three while the Big Reds fell to rival Mona Shores, 21-14 in week two.

The Big Reds are 8-1 in the all-time series with Zeeland East.

  • Spring Lake (1-2) at Allendale (3-0)

In the OK Blue, Spring Lake will look to beat Allendale for the first time ever with the Falcons being 4-0 in the series, all games coming since 2016.

The Falcons are one of two unbeatens left in the conference as Unity Christian also sits at 3-0.

Meanwhile, the Lakers are coming off of a 14-12 loss in week three to West Catholic.

  • Hudsonville (2-1) at Caledonia (1-2)

In the OK Red, both Hudsonville and Caledonia look to avenge conference losses in week three.

The Eagles came back to lead Grandville, 17-14 in the final minute before falling, 21-17 while the Fighting Scots lost at Jenison, 28-14.

Hudsonville has won the last four meetings in the series going back to 2016.

  • Jenison (2-1) at East Kentwood (1-2)

Also in the OK Red, Jenison looks to win a third straight conference game as they travel to East Kentwood.

The Falcons are coming off of a 42-12 win over Grand Haven in week three.

The teams last met as non-conference foes in 2014 and 2015, splitting those matchups.

  • Portage Central (0-2) at Portage Northern (3-0)

It's the Battle for Portage in the SMAC on Friday night as Northern hosts Central.

The Huskies are off to another impressive start this fall, notching wins against Lakeshore, Mattawan and Gull Lake, it also marks the second consecutive season Northern has started the season 3-0.

For the Mustangs, they're coming off of a week one forfeit due to COVID-19 and have since dropped games to Lakeview and St. Joseph.

It will mark the 63rd meeting in the series with Central leading, 39-23.

  • Battle Creek Lakeview (3-0) at Mattawan (1-2)

Lakeview remains one of three unbeatens in the Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference as they travel to Mattawan on Friday night.

The Spartans and Wildcats have split the last four meetings in the series with Lakeview winning in 2019, 28-12.

  • Coldwater (3-0) at Harper Creek (1-2)

In the Interstate-8, Coldwater looks to keep rolling after impressive wins over Northwest, Marshall and Loy Norrix.

A win would give the Cardinals their first 4-0 start to a season since 2015.

Harper Creek is off to a 1-2 start to the season with losses to Pennfield and Jackson Lumen Christi.

Coldwater has won the last two meetings in the series.

The FOX 17 Blitz will have a recap of all of these games beginning at 10:45 PM on Friday night.