Game Notes: Plainwell (2-1) @ Otsego (3-0)
One of Michigan’s oldest high school football rivalries, dating back to 1896.
Plainwell leads the all-time series 60-44-6
Otsego is currently riding a three-game winning streak against Plainwell (won last season’s
Prior to 2009, Plainwell had won eight in a row against the Bulldogs dating back to 2000.
Since 1950, Otsego has never defeated Plainwell four years in a row.
Plainwell made the playoffs last season for the first time since 2001.
Otsego is looking to make the playoffs for the fourth year in a row.
Keys to the game:
o Plainwell: For the visiting Trojans, maintaining a solid rushing game is key. This team
has had little success passing the ball this season, so running to set up an intermediate
passing game could pay dividends. Senior QB Grant Pell is essential for Plainwell’s
rushing offense, as most of the rushing begins and ends in his hands. Outthinking the
Otsego defense could lead to getting more points on the board.
o Otsego: Like Plainwell, Otsego is going to rely heavily on the running game in order to
find success. QB Mitchell Kiel is an excellent asset for Otsego under center, and along
with RB Brandan Campbell this team should be able to run the ball pretty well against
Plainwell’s offense. Kiel is in his first year as the starting quarterback for Otsego, but is
quickly becoming more and more acclimated to the role.
Players to Watch:
Grant Pell, QB/DB
Chance Terry, TE
A.J. Davis, FB/DL
Mitchell Kiel, QB/DB
Brandan Campbell, RB/DL
Tyler Nast, WR/LB
Prediction: This is an extremely tough game to call. Both teams are toward the top of the
Wolverine Conference, and both teams are coming in to this game with something to prove.
Plainwell has the slight edge in experience, but Otsego may be slightly more talented. At the
end of the day, Plainwell will do just enough to edge out Otsego in a close, low-scoring game.
Plainwell 14, Otsego 10.