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CSAA-Gold Varsity Football Week 6 Preview

Fremont Packers (2-4) at Big Rapids Cardinals (3-3)

Game usually on Big Country 100.9 - Big Rapids Forfeits (COVID)

Fremont: Fremont is improving faster than expected and at one point had the 2nd most potent offense in the league (5th best now after scoring just 6 versus Reed City). This would have been another building block for the Packers if they could have downed the Cardinals and killed Big Rapids' momentum heading into the post season. Fremont heads to a much tougher Region where they'll struggle to survive their first 4 quarters... but could surprise you as they have at certain points in 2020.

Current Playoff Seed: #8 15.600 pts

Most likely Round 1 Opponent: Ada Forest Hills Eastern (23-2) 38.200 pts


Big Rapids: The Cardinals are outperforming somewhat average expectations due to last season. This despite having an immensely talented roster. Their defense is stacked. Front line lead by DJ Greenbay is dominant. Secondary with Jamal Strickland and Xavier Prince is all speed. While they’re averaging 21 points given a game, 44 of their totals was Week 2 at Reed City. Also, to note Cardinals have 4 picks and 5 fumbles forced in 2 games. As for offense, their numbers may look blah overall, but they’re averaging 25 points per game with Sophomore Wil Strickler under center. This isn’t a surprise as Wil likes to chuck it and now has former QB Sam Alley as a receiver to go along with Jamal ‘Jump out of the Gym’ Strickland. It also turns out Sam Alley is quite a different kind of potent weapon when not in the back field. In his first game as a WR at Tri County, Sam racked up 91 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns on 50% of Strickler’s targets. He’s averaging 15.2 yards per catch and is absolutely deadly after the catch. Both Alley and Strickland were on full display during a 2-minute drive to end the 1st half at Tri County. Strickler went 5/6 for 84 yards absolutely shell shocking the Vikings into half time. Alley found space (and did again in the 4th when he blistered TC’s secondary for a 29-yard TD) and Jamal became a magician taking the ball out of defender’s hands. This changed the game for the Cardinals and could change the post season for them as well. Wil Strickler is learning to throw to space and let his athletic receiving core do what they do. If Jack Cooley can stay healthy then you have the most balanced offensive attack in the CSAA Gold.


Current Playoff Seed: #2 33.200 pts

Most likely Round 1 Opponent: Tri County (2-3) 23.800 pts


Game Outcome: Fremont 12 Big Rapids 28

(But instead Big Rapids Forfeits due to COVID-19 Concerns)



Grant Tigers (2-2) at Reed City Coyotes (5-0)

Game on WBRN 1460 & 107.7

Grant: The Tigers had to sit out 2 weeks but are still looking like a potential pick to make a playoff run after blowing up Central Montcalm in Week 5, 41-13. This team is dangerous, and they seem to be finding their footing just in time for their toughest matchup at Reed City. The Tigers haven't faced an offense as powerful as Reed City this season, so they'll need to get on the board quick and convert on conversions if they want a chance to upset the Coyotes.


Current Playoff Seed: #4 26.400 pts

Most likely Round 1 Opponent: Newaygo (2-3) 24.000 pts


Reed City: Yet again undefeated and dominating in their classic style. They're outscoring opponents by average of 27 points and will be the #1 Seed in their Region with 49.200 playoff points. This means they'll host all the way through. The Coyotes rely on a "10 yards & a cloud of dust... 4+4+4 = first down" style of offense. It typically yields slow results early but by the end of the 3rd quarter there's always at least 1 breakout play that puts the game away.

This team is disciplined and waits for their opponents to make the mistakes. Coach Shankel and staff clearly track weekly ‘freebies’ and right those wrongs ASAP because it’s not often the Coyotes hand you a golden ticket.

Look for another deep playoff run as their Northern Region is fairly weak and… well they’ll host every game ever at this rate.


Current Playoff Seed: #1 49.200 pts

Most likely Round 1 Opponent: Cheboygan (0-5) 7.600 pts


Game Outcome: Grant 24 Reed City 44



Tri County Vikings (2-3) at Chippewa Hills Warriors (1-4)

Game on Y-102 102.3

Tri County: The Vikings are big, strong, and tough. Their run defense is an immovable object, but their pass defense is a massive hole teams will exploit in the playoffs. Their offense tends to struggle in the Red Zone as they failed to score more than a few times in the RZ during their Week 4 loss at Central Montcalm, 7-0. Lovell is a force as a running back. He’s not afraid to dish out punishment to any backer who tries to tackle him. But he tends to get hit behind the line more often than not. His fight was on full display in their heartbreaking over time loss versus Big Rapids in Week 5 when he rushed 11 times for only 43 yards but left a literal mark on several Cardinals backers who stepped up to tackle him. Tompkins is another interesting threat for the conference. The kid can run (scrambled for 64 yards vs BR) and has an arm, but his accuracy is something to be desired (8/20, 2TD, 2INT vs BR). Can’t forget about Cameron Friend either. If the Vikings find a way to get him in space… their RZ problems will disappear immediately.


Current Playoff Seed: #6 23.800

Most likely Round 1 Opponent: Central Montcalm (3-2) 33.000 pts


Chippewa Hills: The Warriors problem isn’t always scoring… it’s getting scored on. Chip Hills gives up 32 points per game while scoring 22. A lot of their problems come from the freebies to opponents: penalties and turnovers. The Warriors could have beaten the Cardinals in Week 3. But their 6 lost fumbles just gave any hope of Club Dub away. The Warriors shocked the conference when they nailed down 39 points on Newaygo last week. But can they can play spoiler for another week and put up points on a rock-solid Viking run defense? If the Warriors can go to the air and keep the Vikings offensive struggles going, it could be a low scoring barn burner.


Current Playoff Seed: #8 16.000 pts

Most likely Round 1 Opponent: Muskegon Oakridge (4-1) 33.800 pts


Game Outcome: Tri County 22 Chippewa Hills 14



Newaygo Lions (2-3) at Central Montcalm Hornets (3-2)

Newaygo: Newaygo is very inconsistent but when hot can score a ton of points (42 versus Fremont, 40 versus Reed City). This keeps them in games, but their defense sinks them. The only 2 teams who give up more points per game (30) are the Warriors (32) and the Packers (35). In Week 4 they lost in an astounding shootout at Reed City 70-40. This game is the most interesting of the week: an explosive offense but weak defense versus a stagnant offense and (usually) stout defense. If the Hornets defensive woes are just starting, then the Lions could be heading toward Upset City population them and a potential playoff seed shake up.


Current Playoff Seed: #5 24.000 pts

Most likely Round 1 Opponent: Grant (2-2) 26.400 pts


Central Montcalm: Much like Tri County, the Hornets are strong and tough but struggle to put up points consistently. Their defense is shut down, but a huge slip up last week at Grant where they gave up 41 points shows there are some huge weaknesses to be exploited. If the Hornets can get back to their typical pace of play, this game will look very similar to Newaygo’s Week 2 at Tri County where the Vikings were victorious 26-7. If not, the Hornets could repeat last week’s forgettable showing at Grant.


Current Playoff Seed: #2 33.000 pts

Most likely Round 1 Opponent: Tri County (2-3) 23.800 pts


Game Outcome: Newaygo 27 Central Montcalm 30



Marion man arrested for his part in fatal accident in Osceola Co.

A 33-year-old man has been arrested for his part in a crash that killed one person and seriously injured another.


On Thursday, the driver, 33-year old Jordan Levi Herweyer  was arrested and charged with one count each of reckless driving causing death, reckless driving causing serious impairment of body function, and driving while license suspended, denied, or revoked for his connection with an incident on Oct. 17 in Highland Township.


If convicted, Herweyer faces up to 15 years in prison and/or $2,500-$10,000 in fines for the reckless driving causing death offense and up to five years in prison and/or $1,000-$5,000 in fines on the other reckless driving offense.


According to a press release, deputies from the Osceola County Sheriff's Office say responded to a home on 21 Mile Rd. near 90th Ave. in Highland Township for a 1 vehicle injury accident. 


The homeowner informed Meceola Central Dispatch they were awakened by a male knocking on the door asking for help. The homeowner informed Meceola Dispatch there was a truck parked in the driveway that appeared to be in an accident and the male driver asked the home owner not to call the police. Osceola County EMS was dispatched and arrived and located a male and female inside the truck.


The male, 38-year old Allen Eichhorn from Harrison was pronounced dead at the scene. The female was transported to Munson Hospital in Cadillac with life threatening injuries.

When Deputies arrived at the residence they were advised the driver had fled the scene on foot. A K-9 officer was called to the scene to track the suspected driver, but was unsuccessful in locating the suspected driver.

Marion Fire personal and Osceola County Deputies located the original crash scene on 23 Mile Rd near 60th Ave, approximately 6 miles from the caller’s residence.



Possible exposure of COVID-19 being reported at Applebee's in Big Rapids

District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) was notified that an individual that tested positive for COVID-19 was on the property of Applebee’s in Big Rapids and was potentially contagious on October 17. 


If you were at Applebee’s in Big Rapids on the date listed above, you should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the possible exposure date. Anyone that is self-monitoring as a result should keep away from family, close contacts, and roommates as much as possible. COVID-19 symptoms include fever or chills, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, muscle aches, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and recent loss of taste or smell. Anyone experiencing one or more of these symptoms should immediately quarantine themselves and contact a medical provider.  


While DHD#10 will release information about public exposure sites when it is determined through investigation that it’s not possible to identify all close contacts, everyone needs to remember that approximately 40% of COVID-19 cases appear to be asymptomatic. Asymptomatic cases are especially difficult because they are not sick and therefore not staying home. Additionally, contagious individuals can spread virus prior to experiencing symptoms.  


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MSP arrests Evart woman on drug charges

Michigan State Police arrested an Osceola County woman following a traffic stop in Evart. 


Troopers say it happened just before 9pm Tuesday night. 


Police say during a roadside investigation, troopers conducted a search of the vehicle.


A passenger, a 29-year-old Evart woman, was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and another unknown liquid


The female passenger also had a misdemeanor warrant out of Osceola County.


She was lodged at the Osceola County Jail pending arraignment.


GT Norman Elementary temporarily closes due to COVID-19 case

Earlier this week, Big Rapids Public Schools announced grades 6th-12th would start virtual learning for the next two weeks due to positive COVID-19 cases, now a Reed City school says it's temporarily  closing due to a positive case of coronavirus.


G.T. Norman Elementary School will be closed until Nov. 4, after an employee with Reed City Area Public Schools was confirmed positive for COVID-19.


In a letter to Reed City families, Superintendent Michael Sweet said the decision was made to close the school due to the amount of close contacts involved at the elementary school.


Students will shift to remote learning until in person classes start back up Wednesday, November 4th which will be a half day.


Currently, the school district is working with the Central Michigan District Health Department to contact trace, and has already identified 14 staff members — including teachers, principals, secretaries and paraprofessionals — and students.


To read the RCPS letter sent to parents CLICK HERE


Missing Wisconsin boy found in Northern Michigan

A 4-year-old Wisconsin boy abducted nearly three months ago is back safe with his mother -- after he was found in Northern Michigan.


On Monday night, troopers from the Michigan State Police Cadillac Post were dispatched to the Village of Kingsley, south of Traverse City, on a tip about a missing child from Wisconsin.


Inside the RV police found the missing boy, Azariah Petrick, along with his noncustodial father, 30-year-old Mark Anthony Petrick -- who'd allegedly abducted him.


The man was immediately detained and the child confirmed that he was in fact the missing little boy.


Monday is last day to register to vote in November Election

Those hoping to vote in the election over the next two weeks must be registered to vote.


The deadline to sign up is today.


More than eight million residents are currently registered and more than one million voters have already cast absentee ballots in the November elections.


The Secretary of State's office says those needing to register can do so online at Michigan-dot-gov. If someone misses today's deadline, they can still register through Election Day by going to their local city or township clerk's office with a document verifying their residency.


Big Rapids Police ask public to fill out stop sign survey

The Big Rapids Department of Public Safety will release a survey Thursday about the recently installed stop signs at E. Bellevue St and N. Michigan Ave.


The survey is to gauge the public’s perception regarding the stop signs that were recently installed in front of the Big Rapids Middle School.


All community members that travel the intersection are encouraged to log on and complete the survey on the city’s website through October 26.


Pledges Fulfilled with more to come from MOTA

Per MOTA 10.13.20: Pledges Fulfilled with more to come from MOTA


The Mecosta Osceola Transit Authority is pleased to announce that the pledges made during last fall's Millage Campaign have been fulfilled. MOTA told the public that passage will not only assure the survival of the service MOTA provides but would also allow for the expansion of those services. MOTA pledges to extend evening hours to 10 pm Monday thru Friday: MOTA pledged to expand service should the Millage pass, it did and MOTA was prepared to extend evening hours April 1st. Then Covid-19 struck setting back all plans. Covid-19 Service: At the onset of the Coivid-19 pandemic while some other transits closed their doors MOTA continued with reduced service in compliance with the Governor's directives. MOTA offered free porch delivery of both groceries and prescriptions, MOTA continues this service to this day. This service helps to ensure safety for our citizens. MOTA also provided necessary transportation for essential medical services such as chemo therapy, dialysis, and even medically necessary rehabilitation. Restriction Easing Expansion: With the Governors easing of travel restrictions MOTA expanded our service from Monday through Friday 9am to 5 pm to 8 pm during the week. MOTA also started 8 hours of service on Saturday, something never before done by MOTA. During this time MOTA was able to acquire three new buses that are both more fuel efficient and size appropriate for our new demand response service. Campaign Pledges Fulfilled: ON October 1st MOTA started expanded service on week days to 10 pm. On October 4th MOTA started its first Sunday service ever with a full 8 hours of availability to the public. This service fulfills MOTA’s pledge to the people if they approved the millage request. Service BEYOND: Starting Monday November 2nd MOTA will start new Route Service! Both Osceola and Mecosta counties will see two routes each Monday through Friday. MOTA continues to both think outside the box and look to the future to fulfill the needs of our citizens.


Sheriff's Office asking for public's help in identifying retail fraud suspects




The black female in the second photograph has been identified and is not a suspect in this incident, according to detectives with the Sheirff's Office. 




The Mecosta County Sheriff's Office is investigating a retail fraud that occurred on Saturday at the Wal-Mart store located in Big Rapids.


The sheriff's office is asking for public assistance in identifying the suspects in the pictures.


If you have information on who the suspects are please call the Sheriffs office. 


The suspects were driving a silver Dodge Durango. 


Battle Creek man suffers minor injuries following camper rollover accident on US-131 in Mecosta Co.

A Battle Creek man suffered minor injuries following a rollover accident that shut down the southbound side of US-131 in Mecosta County early Sunday evening.


It happened south of mile marker 135 in Mecosta Twp.


An Investigation by Sheriff deputies revealed that a 68-year old male driver from Battle Creek was traveling southbound pulling a camper behind his truck when he lost control of the vehicle and camper rolling both across the highway, blocking both southbound lanes for approximately three hours.


The male driver was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for minor injuries.


Reed City man accused of killing Gaylord man

An Osceola County man has been charged with the murder of 34-year-old Gary Pickvet Junior of Gaylord.


His body was found in a ditch near Alba earlier this week.


29-yearold Jacob Holford of Reed City was arrested Wednesday and arraigned on a charge of open murder.


Holford is being held on $500,000 bond at the Antrim Co. Jail. 


One sent to the hospital after two car accident in Big Rapids Township

One passenger was sent to the hospital with injuries following a two vehicle accident on Perry Street that resulted in one car rolling over Wednesday evening.


Mecosta County deputies say a female driver was turning south onto 215th Avenue from Perry Street when she turned in front of an eastbound vehicle driven by a male which overturned after impact.


A passenger in the female driver's car was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


Mecosta Co. Sheriffs Office warns residents of email scam targeting area

The Mecosta County Sheriff Office has been alerted of an email scam. 


If you get an email requesting you to call Windows Support Center or any other entity in regards to your bank account being accidently billed or funds deducted, do not call the number provided.  They are attempting to get you on the phone and obtain your personal information and bank information and remotely accessing your computer.


If you get an email or a unsolicited phone call, do not open or answer the email and hang up and block the phone number. 


If you believe you have been scammed contact your bank and check your account online and report any suspicious activity to them.


Here is a screenshot of one of the scam emails. 



District Health Dept. #10 responds to Michigan Supreme Court Ruling

In response to the Michigan Supreme Court ruling on October 2, 2020 regarding Governor Whitmer’s State of Emergency declaration and subsequent executive orders, Kevin Hughes, Health Officer for District Health Department #10 (DHD#10), issued the following statement:  


While we process the rulings from Michigan’s Supreme Court, DHD#10’s leadership team is in consultation with our legal team, our Board of Health, the Michigan Association of Public Health, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to determine next steps for our 10-county jurisdiction. We ask for your patience as we work to interpret the rulings and establish the best course of action to protect the health of the public.  


In the meantime, we stand behind the mitigation measures given since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to prevent spreading the virus, including: 


  • Wear a mask to protect others from you in the event you are unknowingly contagious 
  • Social distance by 6 feet or more from others 
  • Wash or sanitize your hands frequently 
  • Stay home if you are ill or have flu-like symptoms 
  • Avoid large gatherings, especially if you are at high risk for contracting the virus 


Our role in public health is to promote and protect the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play. Preventing and controlling the spread of infectious diseases is at the heart of what we do. Just like influenza and other infectious diseases, COVID-19 can have a devastating impact on human health. Until there is a vaccine and effective treatment to prevent further spread, DHD#10 will continue to promote prevention strategies that will lessen the impact on our communities. We will remain focused on our public health efforts of encouraging testing, case investigation and contact tracing, and promoting compliance with safety precautions. We will share additional information as it becomes available.  


Ford recalls 700,000 vehicles due to backup camera defect

Ford is recalling more than 700,000 vehicles in North America because the backup cameras can show distorted images or suddenly go dark.


The recall covers most 2020 versions of Ford's F-Series trucks, as well as the 2020 Explorer, Mustang, Transit, Expedition, Escape, Ranger and Edge.


Dealers will replace the rearview camera at no cost to owners. The recall is expected to start Nov. 7.


Budget deal signed by Gov. Whitmer

Governor Whitmer has signed a new budget that includes millions of dollars to help schools deal with the coronavirus pandemic, and pays for a free tuition program as well as hazard pay for teachers.


The new budget year starts Thursday.


The spending plan calls for $161-million dollars in per pupil spending to help districts in the midst of a pandemic.


Another $30 million will go to the Michigan Reconnect program to provide a tuition-free pathway for adults looking to earn a post-secondary certificate or associate degree.


$5.6 million will pay for mental health and another $5-million will be used to attract and retain first-year teachers in districts across Michigan.


Bow hunting season kicks off in Michigan

It’s an exciting time of year for outdoor enthusiasts. Today, bow hunters rejoice as Archery Deer Hunting Season kicks off in Michigan.


The season will run until November 14 and then again from December 1 to January 1.


The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has made some changes because of the pandemic.


They are reducing the number of check stations and drop-box locations, dates and hours operated will be reduced and the number of deer heads that will be accepted for chronic wasting disease testing.


While at the deer check stations, hunters are required to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines.


In addition, hunters will be required to stay in their vehicles while their deer is checked.


Bill introduced to ban guns at state capitol building

New legislation has been introduced to prohibit both open and concealed carry of firearms inside the Michigan State Capitol Building, except for Michigan State Police officers and Sergeants-at-Arms.


The legislation comes on the heels of the Michigan Capitol Commission’s continued refusal to prohibit guns on Capitol grounds after months of meetings, powerful testimony, and gathering expert, legal opinions on the matter.


Firearms have long been allowed in Michigan’s State Capitol but are not allowed in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., and many other state Capitol buildings around the country.


Evart man dead following two vehicle crash on US10 in Osceola Co.

An Evart man is dead following a two vehicle crash in Osceola County Wednesday afternoon.


It happened in Evart Township on US-10 near N. Industrial Drive.


Michigan State Police say a pickup truck driven by a 75 years old man from Evart, was traveling westbound on US-10, lost control of his vehicle, and struck an eastbound semi-cargo truck head-on.


The Evart man was pronounced deceased at the scene.


A passenger in his vehicle and the driver of the semi-tractor were transported to Reed City Spectrum Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.


Weather causing poor road conditions and equipment issues on the pickup truck are a believed to be factors in the crash, according to troopers.


FSU announces Winter commencement will be virtual

Ferris State University has decided to hold its December graduation virtually.


The school announced the change "as a result of the continued restrictions on large gatherings due to COVID-19 and the risk of spread at large indoor events.


They will also not be able to perform the make-up ceremony for Spring 2020 graduates in Wink Arena on the Big Rapids campus.


The Virtual Commencement will be held on December 19 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Each graduate will have a personalized slide with the Ferris logo and colors displaying their name, degree, photo and a short quote or Thank You message.


Downstate man arrested after taking police on a multi-county chase ending in Big Rapids

An Ann Arbor man is behind bars following a police car chase in a stolen vehicle. 


It happened last night just before 10:30pm, Osceola Co. Shierff Deputies say they initiated a traffic stop on US10 near the Clare County line in Orient Township for a speeding infraction.


The suspect vehicle, a white Toyota Corolla, was traveling at 80 MPH in a 55 MPH zone and refused to stop.


The vehicle continued west on US10 through the City of Evart, through the City of Reed City and turned south on Northland Drive into Mecosta County and into the City of Big Rapids.

Upon entering into the City of Big Rapids, Big Rapids Police utilized spike strips to disable the vehicle after approximately 32 miles and two counties.


At that time the driver a 19-year old Ann Arbor man was taken into custody.


The white Toyota Corolla was determined to be stolen out of Van Buren Township in Wayne County.


The driver was determined to have two outstanding warrants for his arrest.


Charges will be sought for two counts of felony resisting and obstructing the police and two counts of felony Flee and Elude the police.


Big Rapids' Riverview Elementary awarded 2020 Blue Ribbon school distinction

The US Department of Education recognized Big Rapids' Riverview Elementary as a Blue Ribbon school of 2020.


The award is for exemplary high performing schools, which means students at Riverview perform well on state assessments and national tests.


Congressman John Moolenaar released a statement congratulating the students and staff:


"Congratulations to the students, parents, and teachers of Riverview Elementary in Big Rapids on being named a Blue Ribbon School,” said Congressman John Moolenaar. “This is a special honor for the community and I encourage all involved to continue striving for success."


The Big Rapids elementary school was one of 12 other schools in Michigan picked in their category.



Movie theaters, bowling alleys to reopen on Oct. 9th

Movie theaters, arcades, bingo halls and trampoline parks will be able to re-open in two weeks under the latest executive order signed by Governor Whitmer Friday.


The businesses have been closed for more than six months due to the coronavirus pandemic.


In a statement the Governor says the health of families and the economy are faring better than in other states and as a result, movie theaters and performance venues can reopen with strict safety measures in place.


Attendance will be limited, but in other cases, such as funerals, more people will be allowed at indoor gatherings.


A second order signed Friday requires all students in grades kindergarten and up to wear a face covering in classrooms


BRMS student diagnosed with COVID-19

In a letter sent out on Thursday night, Big Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Tim Haist confirmed a middle school student tested positive for COVID-19. 

The District Health Department #10 and BRPS staff are working together to investigate the situation and is work to identify the close contacts that will need to stay home in quarantine, Superintendent Tim Haist stated in a letter to parents.


Haist added,  As we become aware of new information, we will be sure to share it with you. Thank you again for your cooperation and understanding.”


Here is the letter to parents. 





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