Before long area football programs will kick off the 2017 season with clean slates. Joe Insider wants to know which team readers think will win the most games this fall. Unlimited voting is open now through Aug. 17. Refresh the page to vote again.
If the team with the most votes does in fact go on to win the most games of any county squad, Joe Insider will produce a special season in review commemorative video on that team.
The Bobcats went 3-6 last year with nonleague victories over Michigan Lutheran (38-6) and Covert (48-6) and a Southern Michigan 8-Man Football League win by forfeit versus Litchfield.
The Bulldogs go back to work this season with new head coach Tyler Langs after a 1-8 campaign in 2016. Centreville will compete in the newly formed Southwest 10 Conference.
After putting together a 5-5 record a year ago, second-year head coach Robbie Hattan and his Magi team hope to be in the mix for a Southern Central Athletic Association title.
The Falcons went 6-4 last fall in the Southwestern Athletic Conference with non-divisional losses to Saugatuck, Schoolcraft (twice) and a loss to Kalamazoo United in the Lakeshore Division.
The Hornets were 8-3 overall and 3-1 in the BCS Red Division in 2016 in Bobby Kretschman’s first season as head coach. Mendon closed out the regular season with five straight victories. The Hornets are now competing in the Southwest 10 Conference.
The Trojans were 3-6 last year which included three shutout losses in the Wolverine Conference. Sturgis is making a change from a pass-heavy offense to the Veer in 2017 to try and take advantage of a number of capable running backs.
After a 7-3 record in 2016, the Wildcats look to stay in the Wolverine Conference’s upper tier. Three Rivers lost last year’s opener to Plainwell by 29 points, but rallied for six straight victories. In those seven victories, the Three Rivers defense averaged only 9.71 points per game allowed.
The Chiefs were 4-5 in 2016 and 2-2 in the BCS Red Division. White Pigeon also makes the move to the Southwest 10 Conference this fall. After a 1-5 start to the season, the Chiefs finished strong with three consecutive victories over Bronson, Three Oaks River Valley and Colon.