Frenzy preview: Key matches in the O-K Blue in Week 3

Football Frenzy

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The O-K Blue conference has had a lot of success during the first two weeks of nonconference high school football play, but Friday will mark the first time that they will be playing against each other.


7 p.m. kickoff

One of the marquee O-K Blue match-ups in Week 3 features two unbeaten teams, West Catholic and Allendale.

“Every week is definitely going to be a  challenge and it’s going to be a grind to prepare week in and week out,” West Catholic coach Justin Michalowski said. “I think it’s a strong conference this year and that competition drives us to work a little harder and know that every week we have to give our best to come out on top.”

West Catholic is 2-0 after wins over Forest Hills Eastern (43-9) and Muskegon Catholic Central (28-6), while Allendale is also unblemished after knocking off Greenville (23-7) and Hopkins (14-0).

“We’ve definitely come out of the gate pretty well, but Allendale is a good program and they have some talented skill kids,” Michalowski said. “Every time our two football communities meet up it’s always a good game. 

This is the 19th all-time meeting between the two schools. West Catholic has won five of the last seven. 


7 p.m. kickoff

The Fighting Scots are unbeaten through the first two games of the season for the first time since 2015 after easily handling a pair of opponents. Under new head coach Derek Pennington, Caledonia routed Holt 41-14 in its season opener and then blanked Lowell 35-0 last week.

The Fighting Scots will face a Grandville squad that bounced back from a season-opening loss to an Illinois HS team. The Bulldogs picked up their first win with a convincing 50-0 win over the University of Detroit Jesuit.

“This is a big game for us as we open up the OK Red against a very good team,” said Grandville coach Eric Stiegel, whose team has won four of the last five meetings. “Caledonia is solid across the board and we know they are a very talented group. Ball security and winning the third and fourth down battles are keys for us.”


7 p.m. kickoff

The Big Reds are looking to get back on the winning track after falling to Cass Tech last week, 49-14, while Zeeland West didn’t play last week after defeating East Grand Rapids 44-27 in its season opener. This will be the O-K Green opener for both teams. Muskegon holds a 4-1 lead in the all-time series. The Dux earned their only win in 2005.

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