WXMI — Game of the Week: Sparta (2-3) vs. Belding (5-0)
Sparta opened the 2022 season with losses to Oakridge and Coopersville, but the Spartans rebounded with a pair of wins in weeks three and four.
The Black Knights, meanwhile, are off to a 4-0 start to their second straight season; however, their first loss of 2021 was an overtime loss to the Spartans during week five.
That sparked a slump for Belding, which lost four of its final five games of the season.
Belding 40, Sparta 35
FINAL: Belding 40, Sparta 35
Hamilton (2-3) vs. Unity Christian (3-2)
Both Hamilton and Unity Christian entered week five hoping to improve their records to 3-2.
Unity Christian 55, Hamilton 37
FINAL: Unity Christian 55, Hamilton 37
Allendale (2-2) at West Catholic (4-0)
Undefeated West Catholic hosted Allendale on Friday night in a battle of the Falcons.
West Catholic 39, Allendale 6
FINAL: West Catholic 39, Allendale 6
Coopersville (3-2) and Fruitport (3-2)
Coopersville visited Fruitport for five weeks as the Broncos and Trojans worked for OK Blue’s second win of the 2022 season.
Fruitport 37, Coopersville 20
FINAL: Fruitport 37, Coopersville 20
Forest Hills Eastern (4-1) at Grand Rapids Catholic Central (5-0)
Grand Rapids Catholic Central hosted Forest Hills East Friday night with both the Cougars and Hawks hoping to remain undefeated.
GR Catholic Central 49, Forest Hills Eastern 21
FINAL: Grand Rapids Catholic Central 49, Forest Hills Eastern 21
South Christian (5-0) at Thornapple Kellogg (2-3)
The undefeated Mariners faced the Trojans in week five after another win by the OK Green in week four.
When the two teams met in 2021, South Christian won 35-14.
South Christian 43, Thornapple Kellogg 2
FINAL: South Christian 43, Thornapple Kellogg 2
Fremont (3-2) at Oakridge (5-0)
Fremont was looking for its first conference win Friday night as it took on undefeated Oakridge.
The Packers will face new conference opponents in 2022 after leaving the CSAA Gold and joining the West Michigan Conference Lakes Division.
Oakridge 36, Fremont 8
FINAL: Oakridge 36, Fremont 8
Hart (3-2) at North Muskegon (4-1)
In the West Michigan Conference Rivers Division, Hart was looking for its fourth win of the season after winning three in a row in previous weeks.
Meanwhile, the Norsemen held the same record heading into week five, hoping for another win over the Pirates after blanking them 37-0 in 2021.
North Muskegon 55, Hart 14
FINAL: North Muskegon 55, Hart 14
Caledonia (5-0) at Grandville (4-1)
Caledonia and Grandville are both undefeated in the conference and overall through week five.
The Fighting Scots have already gone two shutouts in 2022 and beat the Bulldogs 24-14 in 2021.
Caledonia 50, Grandville 40
FINAL: Caledonia 50, Grandville 40
Rockford (5-0) at East Kentwood (3-2)
East Kentwood was hoping to improve its record to 4-1 heading into week five, while Rockford looked undefeated.
The Rams are off to a strong start to the 2022 season, but so are the Falcons, who enter Friday’s game with more wins than the entire 2021 season.
Rockford 41, East Kentwood 20
FINAL: Rockford 41, East Kentwood 20
Forest Hills Central (5-0) at Northview (2-3)
The Rangers started the OK White game with two straight wins, while the Wildcats looked to improve their conference record to 2-1 heading into week five.
FINAL: Forest Hills Central 38, Northview 3
Greenville (1-3) at Byron Center (2-2)
Also in OK White, Greenville worked hard for its first conference win Friday night, while Bryon Center was hoping for its second conference win of the 2022 season.
Blitz Battle: Zeeland West (5-0) vs. Muskegon (3-2)
The Big Reds had never lost to the Ducks with Shane Fairfield as head coach during the fifth week of the blitz, but Zeeland West entered Friday’s game playing well on both ends.
FINAL: Zeeland West 38, Muskegon 36
Grand Rapids Union (3-2) at Mona Shores (4-1)
Grand Rapids Union is in its third season playing OK Green.
The Redhawks visited Mono Shores on Friday night, where the Mariners were hoping to remain undefeated in the conference.
FINAL: Mona Shores 64, Grand Rapids Union 14
Kent City (4-0) at Lakeview (2-2)
The Eagles entered Week 5 4-0 for the fourth time in the last six years.
One of the biggest differences for Kent City in 2022 is that Bill Crane is no longer the head coach, but now the superintendent.
The Eagles entered Week 5 with 17 seniors, led by four-year varsity starters Kyler Larson and Mason Westbrook.
Maple Valley (1-4) vs. Northpointe Christian (5-0)
Maple Valley took on Northpointe Christian Friday night in a Tri-River 8-Player Conference game.
The Mustangs were looking to remain undefeated while the Lions were working on their second win of the 2022 season.
FINAL: Northpointe Christian 53, Maple Valley 6
Constantine (4-1) at Watervliet (3-2)
Constantine entered week five with two straight wins, but only one conference game under its belt.
The Falcons shut out Parchment in week one, 44-0.
They faced a tough Watervliet team on Friday night as the Panthers worked to beat their first conference opponent of the season.
FINAL: Constantine 60, Watervliet 21
Delton Kellogg (3-2) at Lawton (4-1)
3-1 Delton Kellogg visited 3-1 Lawton in week five for Salute to Service night and the Veterans Trophy game.
FINAL: Lawton 53, Delton Kellogg 0
Hastings (4-1) at Harper Creek (1-4)
At Interstate Eight on Friday night, Harper Creek hosted Hastings.
Back in 2021, the “Saxons” and “Beavers” participated in a three-way match for the league title.
FINAL: Hastings 52, Harper Creek 6
Portage Northern (3-2) at Battle Creek Lakeview (1-3)
Battle Creek Lakeview hosted Portage Northern in week five in the first game at the renovated Spartan Memorial Stadium, where BC Lakeview has new turf and a video scoreboard.
FINAL: Portage Northern 49, Battle Creek Lakeview 41
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