Week 5 choose: Who do you like when state-ranked teams clash in Grand Rapids?
Two Grand Rapids area games will feature state-ranked teams squaring off against each other Friday night.
Scroll below to see who MLive is picking in those matchups along with all the rest of the area games.
Caledonia at Grandville
Grand Haven at Jenison
Hudsonville at West Ottawa
Rockford at East Kentwood
The OK Red has three teams ranked in the top 10 in Division 1 in Caledonia (No. 4), Rockford (No. 5) and Grandville (No. 8) this week. Two of those teams will clash when Grandville hosts Caledonia. Give the edge to the Fighting Scots. Their defense is giving up seven points a game. Caledonia 35, Grandville 22. Go with Jenison, Hudsonville and Rockford, too.
|Forest Hills Central||2-0||4-0|
|Grand Rapids Christian||1-1||2-2|
|Forest Hills Northern||1-1||2-2|
|East Grand Rapids||1-1||1-3|
Greenville at Byron Center
East Grand Rapids at Grand Rapids Christian
Forest Hills Central at Northview
Forest Hills Northern at Lowell
Northview got a big win over Grand Rapids Christian last week and will host league-leading Forest Hills Central Friday. We like the Rangers, though. FHC has won 12 consecutive OK White games. FHC 28, Northview 14. MLive also likes Byron Center, Christian and Lowell.
Union at Mona Shores
Reeths Buffer at Wyoming
Zeeland West at Muskegon
Zeeland West’s defense hadn’t recorded a shutout since 2015, but the Dux have blanked their past three opponents and have given up 15 points on the season. The Dux are 1-5 all-time against Muskegon and haven’t beaten them since 2005, but we like them Friday. Zeeland West 30, Muskegon 28. Let’s go with Mona Shores and Reeths buffers, too.
|Forest Hills Eastern||2-0||4-0|
Cedar Springs at Ottawa Hills
Forest Hills Eastern at Catholic Central
South Christian at Thornapple-Kellogg
Wayland at Kenowa Hills
A pair on undefeated state-ranked teams clash when Catholic Central, ranked first in Division 5, hosts Forest Hills Eastern, ranked 10th in Division 4. The Cougars will play Division 4′s top-ranked South Christian next week, but first things first . Catholic Central 35, FHE 21. We’re also picking Cedar Springs, South Christian and Wayland.
Allendale at West Catholic
Coopersville at Fruitport
Hamilton at Unity Christian
Spring Lake at Holland Christian
Coopersville and Fruitport have played some great games in recent years, with the Broncos beating the Trojans 29-22 last year and Fruitport winning 22-21 in 2019 and 28-21 in 2020. Expect another close one Friday. 35 Coopersville, 32 Fruitport. Also go with West Catholic, Unity Christian and Holland Christian.
Calvin Christian at Kelloggsville
Godwin Heights at Shepherd
Hopkins at Comstock Park
Sparta at Belding
Belding has the Grand Rapids area’s most explosive offense, averaging 53.75 points. Can Sparta, which has recorded two consecutive shutouts, cool off the Black Knights? We’re sticking with Belding 40, Sparta 28. Let’s go with Calvin Christian, Godwin and Hopkins.
Fennville at Bangor
New Buffalo at Tri-unity Christian
Saugatuck at Comstock
Wyoming Lee at Lawrence
Calumet Christian at Grand Valley Christian
Maple Valley at North Pointe Christian
Saugatuck has lost its past two games and has been held to seven points in each loss. Look for improvement from the Trailblazers this week. Saugatuck 21-12 over Comstock. MLive also likes Fennville, Triunity, Lawrence, NorthPointe Christian and Grand Valley Christian.