Top 5 WBCK High School Football Games in 2018
The 2018 High School Football season provided tons of excitement for local fans. Now that the season is complete with 10 state champions, it is time to recap the great season among the local squads.
WBCK was proud to broadcast 15 games this season, and we've narrowed it down to the top five contests of the year. It was a challenge to narrow it down to just five games, because there were several that were closely contested this season.
To help in the process we reviewed the games themselves, regardless of record of the teams involved. Final scores were also considered, but the biggest factors were game flow, what stake the game had for both teams and certain plays that made each game unique.
Before we start the countdown, we would like to give honorable mentions to Week 1's contest between St. Philip and Tekonsha, and Week 8's contest with Coldwater and Harper Creek. Each game went down to the wire, providing exciting plays that shifted the balance for both teams involved.
Another thing that you will notice is that we had a LOT of overtime games this year, which is very rare for the High School ranks. It does go to show that there were several teams that were evenly matched.
Finally, congratulations to the 10 state champions determined the last two weeks at Ford Field in Detroit and the Superior Dome in Marquette -
Division 1 - Clinton Township Chippewa Valley (2nd title, 1st since 2001)
Division 2 - Warren DeLaSalle (2nd straight, 3rd overall in football)
Division 3 - Detroit Martin Luther King (4th overall, 3rd in four years)
Division 4 - Edwardsburg (1st title in football, 1st state title in any sport since 1977)
Division 5 - Hudsonville Unity Christian (1st title in 16-year program)
Division 6 - Jackson Lumen Christi (3rd straight, 11th overall in football)
Division 7 - New Lothrop (2nd title, other came in 2006)
Division 8 - Reading (1st football title, 1st state title in any sport since 2007)
8-Man Division 1 - Morrice (1st football title, 1st state title in any sport since 1998)
8-Man Division 2 - Rapid River (1st title in three total 8-Man finals)
Without further ado, here's the top five games of the 2018 season...
Week 9 - Lakeview at Harper Creek
These two young squads brought everything to this crosstown rivalry, even though they had not met since 2013 (1983 as non-conference foes). It had Mother Nature, stout defense and an extra period to determine the winner.
Week 7 - Portland St. Patrick at St. Philip
After a key injury to another starter, St. Philip crawled their way back into this contest with 2017's runner-up in 8-Man Division 2. The game-winning play set the tone for the remainder of the Fighting Tigers season.
Week 6 - BC Central at Kalamazoo Central
The oldest rivalry in Michigan had another fantastic installment, thanks to the significance of the game for both the Bearcats and Maroon Giants. And, yet another overtime.
Week 2 - Harper Creek at Marshall
This game set the tone for the 2018 season. It also proved that in the High School ranks, you play the full 48 minutes. Also, one of the best finishes we've broadcast at WBCK.
Playoffs-Week 1 - BC Central at Thornapple Kellogg
This was no question the best game of the year. It was the first playoff appearance for Central in a decade. It also had yet another phenomenal finish.