Players of the Week/Scouting reports for Week 1

Players of the Week/Scouting reports for Week 1

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Players of the Week/Scouting reports for Week 1

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Ellinger

Ellinger

Striplin

Striplin

Settles

Settles

Harper Creek varsity football players run drills and work on plays during morning practice in the preseason.

Harper Creek varsity football players run drills and work on plays during morning practice in the preseason.

Kopp

Kopp

McKinney

McKinney

Scouting reports for all the key prep football games in the Battle Creek Enquirer readership area for Week 1:

BC Central (0-0) at Stevensville-Lakeshore (0-0), 7 p.m. Friday

Scouting Report: Battle Creek Central played well in its division last year, gaining a share of the SMAC East title at 4-1, but struggled outside of it as the Bearcats went 4-5 overall. BCC faces non-division foe Stevensville-Lakeshore, which had a playoff campaign a year ago and went 6-4 overall, including a 34-26 win in its opener over the Bearcats.

Austin McKinney

Austin McKinney

Great Gridder: Austin McKinney is one of the top defensive backs in the area. He will be key to BCC’s efforts to shut down the S-L passing game.

Gull Lake (0-0) at Harper Creek (0-0), 7 p.m. Friday

Scouting Report: In a battle of two programs looking to climb in the Interstate 8, Harper Creek is coming off a 3-6 season as Gull Lake was 2-7 last year. A former member of the SMAC, Harper Creek used to see Gull Lake each season and beat the Blue Devils 25-0 in the most recent matchup in 2013. Gull Lake added Harper Creek to its schedule after Benton Harbor left the SMAC.

Ethan Kopp

Ethan Kopp

Great Gridder: Ethan Kopp has moved from guard to center for the Beavers and will be a key to the Harper Creek running game.

Lakeview (0-0) at Portage Northern (0-0), 7 p.m. Thursday

Scouting Report: Lakeview and Portage Northern have split their previous two games with the Spartans winning a close contest in last season’s opener, 12-6. After making the playoffs three straight seasons, Portage Northern slipped to 4-5 last season. The Spartans, who went 6-4 last year, are trying to advance to the postseason for the fifth time in a row, a first for the program.

Lakeview's Jay'Vion Settles

Lakeview’s Jay’Vion Settles

Great Gridder: Jay’Vion Settles is the top returning rusher for Lakeview and will be the key ball carrier in the Spartans’ veer-option offense.

Parchment (0-0) at Pennfield (0-0), 7 p.m. Thursday

Scouting Report: Parchment is a familiar foe for the Panthers from when Pennfield used to dominate the KVA. Pennfield started the season strong last year with a 38-14 win over Parchment, as the Panthers finished 3-6 overall. Parchment, playing smaller schools, went 5-4 on the year.

Dillon Striplin

Dillon Striplin

Great Gridder: Dillon Striplin will bring senior leadership to a young Pennfield team as a two-way starter for the Panthers.

St. Philip (0-0) at Kingston (0-0), 7 p.m. Friday

Scouting Report: St. Philip dominated in 8-man football last year, advancing to the state finals, but lost much of its offensive production to graduation. Kingston went 5-4 in 8-man football a year ago and failed to make the playoffs, going only once in the last three seasons. The Tigers beat Kingston 47-14 in 2014.

Great Gridder: Noah Ellinger will anchor both sides of the line for St. Philip as the Tigers hope to control the trenches.

Noah Ellinger

Noah Ellinger

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