What contest is the most intriguing high school football game in the state of week 8?
We take a look at some of the big matches in Week 8 across the nine regions of MLive’s coverage area and ask for your thoughts on the most intriguing clash.
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Here’s a look at the Week 8 nominees.
ADDISON TO NAPOLEON
Napoleon has just suffered a heartbreaking road loss at the Michigan Center and needs to bounce back quickly as he welcomes Addison undefeated. A victory for Napoleon secures a share of the Cascades Conference title, while a victory for the Panthers would secure an outright league title.
DETROIT CASS TECH vs. DETROIT KING
This is the PSL Division 1 Championship game and it is a rematch of the instant classic between these two teams in Week 3. King won the second leg, 41-34. Both teams have great quarterbacks with underrated running backs who can fight for extra yards. Played on neutral turf at East English, all eyes will be on this rematch.
DEXTER in SALINE
Saline can go undefeated in the SEC Red with a win. Two of the best attacks in the region, featuring top talent. Saline sophomore QB CJ Carr is a 4 star and WR Roman Laurio is a D1 prospect. Dexter has 3 stars OT James Livingston, 3 stars RB Cole Cabana and 3 stars TE and MSU commit Brennan Parachek.
FENTON at FENTON LAKE
These neighboring teams, who haven’t played for 16 years, have won their respective divisions in the Flint Metro League and meet in the third annual league game. Fenton won the first two league games, but is 4-3 overall this season compared to Lake Fenton’s 6-1. In his six wins, Lake Fenton allowed just 6.5 points per game.
GRAND CENTRAL CATHOLIC RAPIDS at CEDAR SPRINGS
Cedar Springs (6-1) hosts Grand Rapids Catholic Central (7-0) with first place on the line in the OK Gold conference. The Red Hawks are looking to break the Cougars’ 30-game winning streak.
LAKER at BAD AX
The title Greater Thumb West is based on this one game.
The Greater Thumb West title is based on that game alone. Bad Ax takes his second consecutive crown – and his first all-time league title since 1978 – with a victory. A Laker victory would create a three-way title share between Laker, Bad Ax and Reese.
LAPEER with GRAND BLANC
Both teams are 3-0 in the Saginaw Valley South and will position themselves to win the league championship with a win, although there will be an SVL game remaining for both. They’re # 1 and # 2 in the Flint Region power charts and both feature prolific infractions. Lapeer’s Zak Olejniczak and Grand Blanc’s Hunter Ames are 1-2 in passing yards while Lapeer’s Brayden McKenna leads Flint’s zone in rushing yards (1,320) and touchdowns (23).
MILLINGTON to ITHAQUE
Millington (7-0) travels to Ithaca (5-2) in a Tri-Valley Conference West crossover between level champions. No team have come within 12 points of Millington this season, while Ithaca started the season with a new coach (Jordan Hessbrook) and a new quarterback (Bronson Bupp) and losses to Hudson and 6- 1 Standish-Sterling. Ithaca has won five straight games since then, scoring at least 40 points in all five games.
MONTAGUE at WHITEHALL
The battle for the bell returns to the grill this week, as the Vikings host the Wildcats in a crucial showdown at the Western Michigan Conference. Whitehall can force a three-way tie at the top of the league table with a home win, while Montague can secure the conference crown with a road victory.
MOUNT PLEASANT in BAY CITY WESTERN
The Saginaw Valley League Championship is on the line for this clash at The Cornfield. Western became a surprise competitor to SVL North. A win would put the Warriors out of their first league title since 2008 while Mount Pleasant takes at least one share with a win.
PARMA WESTERN at JACKSON LUMEN CHRISTI
The Titans and Panthers renew their rivalry after their clash was lost to Lumen Christi last season due to injuries and disciplinary action. The automatic victory gave Western their first win over Lumen since 1976, but players are determined to prove it on the pitch in 2021. A Lumen Christi win would help him follow Hastings and Harper Creek in the Interstate Eight standings. while a loss would help Western get into the league title mix.
SPRING LAKE at GRAND RAPIDS WEST CATHOLIC
The Falcons host the Lakes in a pivotal OK Blue Conference game after West Catholic’s 40-14 loss to Hudsonville Unity Christian. Both teams have lost to the Crusaders in recent weeks, meaning the match winner still has a chance of snagging a share of the league title if Unity Christian abandons their Week 8 game against Coopersville.
TROY in BERKLEY
This is a crucial clash in the OAA Blue race. Berkley must win to keep his title hopes alive. He hasn’t won a league championship since sharing the OAA II title in 1999. Troy is the No. 1 defense in the OAA Blue, allowing just 39 points all season.