Most schools won’t open for classes until this week, but we are already two weeks into the high school football season.
So now we ask, what happened last week, what happens next?
And what does it mean?
Each week, the Enquirer’s Bill Broderick will break that down on Mondays, handing out some analysis on what all the results mean from the weekend of prep football and what to look for next.
In the city
Battle Creek Central: The Bearcats struggled in their first game at home, losing to an impressive Portage Central squad, 42-8. With five turnovers, two leading directly to scores, Battle Creek Central fell behind early and was in a running-clock situation much of the second half. A bigger loss could have been due to an injury as BCC’s Jackie Hampton left the game in the second quarter. The starting quarterback and starting middle linebacker appeared to injure his knee. He was seen with a knee brace after the game and was scheduled to see a doctor early this week. He is very questionable for this week.
Next: After starting 0-2, Battle Creek Central will need to fix things quickly as it faces its city rival Lakeview in Week 3. The Bearcats were in the same situation last year, losing their first two game before coming up with a big upset over the Spartans, 35-27. It ended a four-game losing streak to Lakeview and was the highlight of the season for BCC. The Bearcats should be prepared for Lakeview after playing Portage Central as both teams run the same offense.
Lakeview: The Spartans had an open date in Week 2. Originally with Benton Harbor on its schedule, Lakeview was forced to replace them when the Tigers left the Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference. Lakeview was unable to do so and will have an eight-game schedule in 2016..
Next: Lakeview will have had two weeks to prepare to face its city rival Battle Creek Central. The Spartans will also have revenge on their mind after losing to BCC last year. The loss allowed BCC to share the SMAC East Division title with Lakeview and forced the Spartans to have to win in Week 9 to make the playoffs. With the week off, much of the Lakeview coaching staff was at the BCC game to take a look at the Bearcats’ option offense.
Harper Creek: With a 35-0 win over Jackson Northwest, Harper Creek was able to start the season 2-0 for the first time since 2011. The Beavers’ Dawson Bartlett scored four times and Harper Creek dominated play at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Harper Creek’s defense held Northwest to 209 total yards.
Next: Harper Creek jumps up in competition in Week 3 as the Beavers will host Jackson Lumen Christi in an Interstate 8 Conference contest. Lumen Christi lost its opener in a battle of state powers, 30-13 to Grand Rapids West Catholic. But the Titans bounced back for a 41-14 win over Hastings in Week 2. If a young Harper Creek team wants to jump into the top half of the league this year, it will have to knock off one of the heavyweights and that opportunity starts this week.
Pennfield: After back-to-back losing seasons, that had slow starts, Pennfield has opened 2016 at 2-0 after a 48-34 win over Parma Western. Leading just 14-13 at halftime, Pennfield opened things up in the second half and dominated the line of scrimmage with a strong running game as three backs went over 100 yards with Sam Nichols going for 193, Grant Petersen at 159 and Jaycob Herpin at 130.
Next: Like Harper Creek, things get a little tougher for Pennfield in Week 3 as it faces defending Interstate 8 Conference champ Coldwater. The Cardinals are coming off a loss to Marshall and are 1-1. Coldwater rolled over Pennfield last year, 35-8,on its way to an undefeated regular season. Pennfield gets Coldwater, Marshall and Harper Creek in successive weeks, so a lot will be found out about the Panthers before September is over.
St. Philip: The Tigers dominated another out-manned Litchfield team and won 62-0 to start 2016 2-0 as St. Philip looks to chase another undefeated regular season. It was the first time St. Philip had played Litchfield the last two years after the Terriers forfeited the last two scheduled contests with the Tigers. St. Philip’s Alex Yacovoni had 100 yards rushing on offense and led the team on defense with 12 tackles.
Next: St. Philip will continue a stretch against teams it has dominated in recent years. The Tigers face Tekonsha in their first Saturday night contest at C.W. Post this week. Tekonsha, 1-1, lost to St. Philip by a combined scored of 105-6 in the last two years.
Around the Area
Marshall: Marshall came up with a huge win in its efforts to get to the top of the Interstate 8 Conference this season. The Redhawks beat defending I-8 champs Coldwater, 17-7. Marshall running back Brad Feasel had 102 yards rushing as the Redhawks go to 1-1. Marshall faces an 0-2 Parma Western team next.
Climax-Scotts: The Panthers won their 12th straight regular season game, knocking off Colon, 58-3, in its league opener. Climax-Scotts continues South Central Athletic Association play in Week 3 against Adrian Lenawee Christian (2-0). Adam Schantz had 129 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns.
Week 3 schedule
BCC at Lakeview
Lumen Christi at Harper Creek
Coldwater at Pennfield
Tekonsha at St. Philip
Quincy at Athens
Bellevue at Colon
Parchment at Bronson
Lenawee Christian at Climax-Scotts
Delton Kellogg at Constantine
Gobles at Galesburg-Augusta
Mattawan at Gull Lake
Homer at Reading
Maple Valley at Stockbridge
Parma Western at Marshall
Olivet at Leslie
Union City at Springport