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