OK White Conference Preview for the Remainder of the Season

OK White Conference Preview for the Remainder of the Season

Will Kuiper, Sports Reporter

As the high school football season enters the home stretch, FHC will play Lowell for the lead in the OK White conference. The game is set for Friday at 7 at Lowell High School. Three other games will take place in the conference this week. Those match-ups, as well as predictions, are previewed below:

Forest Hills Northern (3-3, 2-1) v. Cedar Springs (3-3, 2-1)

Cedar Springs hosts FHN in week 7 as the two teams meet for the fifth time in four years. Both sides are coming off of big losses to Lowell and FHC. The loser of this matchup will be eliminated from playoff contention. Last week, the gears stopped turning for the FHN offense. The Huskies, who averaged 32.6 points per game in their first 5 games, were shut out by FHC. FHN will try to win this game by resparking their big play offense. Senior quarterback Chase Morello will try to find big targets like Will Hawkins and Tyler Black for big plays. FHN will also rely on a steady offensive line led by CMU commit Erik Ditzhazy. Power back Connor Bruinius will lead the FHN run game. Leading the Cedar Springs offense is quarterback Nick Campione. Starting quarterback Collin Alvesteffer sustained a season-ending ankle injury in a game against Grand Rapids Christian, so Nick is now in the spotlight. The Red Hawks will use their biggest weapon of a balanced offense to try to stay in a shootout against FHN. Neither defense should dominate, as FHN gave up 25 points and Cedar Springs gave up 27 in their last games. The scoreline should hover around 28 to 35 points in a higher scoring game.

Prediction: FHN 34, Cedar Springs 32

FHN

  • Remaining Games: at Cedar Springs, vs. Lowell, vs. Greenville
  • Predicted Record: 4-5
  • Percent chance to make the playoffs: 10%

Cedar Springs

  • Remaining Games: vs. FHN, at FHC, vs. Ottawa Hills
  • Predicted Record: 4-5
  • Percent chance to make playoffs: 20%

Grandville (5-1) v. Ottawa Hills (0-6, 0-4)

Grandville is coming off of a one point loss against a very good Rockford team. Grandville will take its powerful Wing-T system into this game as Ottawa Hills tries to get their first win. Previously undefeated Grandville will try to shove the ball down Ottawa Hills’ throat with a dominant running attack. Ottawa Hills will have to work to counter this with speed. It will be hard for Ottawa Hills to right the ship as they are losing by an average 26.6 points per game. If Grandville can maintain the level of play from Week 6, it should be smooth sailing for the Bulldogs.

Prediction: Grandville 53, Ottawa Hills 7

Ottawa Hills

  • Remaining Games: vs. Grandville, vs. Northview, at Cedar Springs
  • Predicted Record: 0-9
  • Percent chance to make playoffs: 0%

Grandville

  • *Grandville is not an OK White conference team*

Northview (0-6, 0-3) v. Greenville (4-2, 2-2)

In week 7, Greenville plays host to Northview. Northview is desperate for a win, but Greenville cannot afford a loss if they want a shot at the playoffs. Greenville brings a great running game and option attack led by quarterback Cal Syrjala and running back Kyle Lorenz. Greenville also displays the talent of two CMU commits: ILB Evan Plate and TE Keegan Cossou. Northview will look to combat this talent through their explosive passing game. This should help to open up what has been a lackluster running game so far this season. Northview has lost their first 6 games by an average of 26.8 points. If Greenville plays the way that they have in their first 6 games, it should be a promising victory for the Yellow Jackets.

Prediction: Greenville 42, Northview 13

Northview

  • Remaining Games: at Greenville, at Ottawa Hills, vs. Lowell
  • Predicted Record: 1-8
  • Percent chance to make playoffs: 0%

Greenville

  • Remaining Games: vs. Northview, vs. Wyoming, at FHN
  • Predicted Record: 7-2
  • Percent chance to make playoffs: 65%