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Players of the Week/Scouting reports for Week 5

Scouting reports for all the key prep football games in the Battle Creek Enquirer readership area for Week 5:

Pennfield FB Jaycob Herpin nearly trips but recovers and scores on an 82 yard drive Friday night.

Pennfield FB Jaycob Herpin nearly trips but recovers and scores on an 82 yard drive Friday night.

Battle Creek Central (0-4) at Niles (3-1), 7 p.m. Friday

Scouting Report: Niles hasn’t made the playoffs since 2003, but is halfway there with three wins already, although the Vikings came up short in a 24-21 loss to Portage Northern last week. Despite being in the same conference, Battle Creek Central hasn’t played Niles since 2004 as the two haven’t had any cross-divisional games scheduled. Bearcats are still looking for first win, but saw their offense get rolling with 22 points in the second half in a loss to Kalamazoo Central last week.

Great Gridder: Jordan Lawson scored a TD for Bearcats in loss to Maroon Giants.

Lawson

Lawson

Harper Creek (4-0) at Pennfield (2-2), 7 p.m. Friday

Scouting Report: Harper Creek is in first place in the Interstate 8 Conference and showed up in the Associated Press state rankings for the first time this week at No. 8 in Division 3. After scoring 55 points in a win over Hastings last week, Harper Creek is averaging 38 points per game. The 4-0 record is the best start for Harper Creek since 2011, when it went undefeated in the regular season.

Great Gridder: Dawson Bartlett had four touchdowns in a win over Hastings, coming up with 172 yards rushing on nine carries.

At 4-0, is Harper Creek football for real?

Bartlett

Bartlett

Lakeview (3-0) at Portage Central (3-1), 7 p.m. Friday

Scouting Report: It is a battle of first place teams in this cross-divisional contest as Lakeview travels to Portage Central. Lakeview is unbeaten and on top of the Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference East Division. Portage Central is 3-1 and in first place in the SMAC West. Portage Central defeated Lakeview last year, 28-21. The Mustangs played out of conference in Week 4, losing to Traverse City Central, 38-22.

Great Gridder: Caleb Edwards had two interceptions in the victory as Lakeview’s defense shutout Mattawan.

Caleb Edwards

Caleb Edwards

Pennfield (2-2) vs. Harper Creek (4-0), 7 p.m. Friday

Scouting Report: Pennfield suffered a heart-breaking loss to Marshall in I-8 play last week as the Panthers took the lead with just over two minutes to play before falling to 2-2 on the year. Harper Creek has beaten Pennfield twice in a row since the two teams renewed their city rivalry by joining the same league.

Great Gridder: Kollin Kemerling scored on two fourth-down plays, one running and one passing, to keep Pennfield in the game against Marshall.

Kollin Kemerling

Kollin Kemerling

St. Philip (4-0) at Camden-Frontier (4-0), 3 p.m. Saturday

Scouting Report: It is the first year in 8-man football for Camden-Frontier after the Redskins struggled the last two years by going 0-18 combined. Playing an independent schedule, Camden-Frontier is undefeated so far, but has only played one team from Michigan in beating the Flint School of the Deaf, 56-0. The other three wins for the Redskins were against teams from Ohio.

Great Gridder: Drew Lantinga had 10 tackles and an interception for St. Philip in a win over Burr Oak.

Drew Lantinga

Drew Lantinga

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