LANSING — It’s been too long, but the sound of pads crashing and the scent of dirt, turf and perspiration are back.
High school football practice begin Monday, meaning the season is just days away. And we’re back to help you drive coverage of Lansing-area football again.
Last year, MLive.com empowered you, the fans and readers, to feature one game per week. That’s back again, and our first MLive.com Lansing Game of the Week poll is live now.
We have a slate of five season-opening matchups for you to choose from. Which one deserves a preview, game story, stats and a live chat?
- Haslett at East Lansing: This CAAC interdivison matchup pitts familiar neighbors against one another. The Trojans have won three straight in this series.
- East Kentwood at Grand Ledge: Last season, Grand Ledge lost at East Kentwood by 10 points in its season opener. The Comets are looking for a different outcome this time, and aim to do better than their 2012 first-round playoffs exit.
- Lansing Waverly at Lansing Everett: The Vikings are coming off their best season in a while, even though they suffered an upset in the first round of the playoffs. Waverly hasn’t done too well against Everett lately, having dropped the last two in the series by a combined score of 61-13.
- Mason at Okemos: The Chieftains are looking to improve after a 2-7 season, three losses of which came within one score. Mason aims to get over the hump after last season’s 5-4 mark.
- Charlotte at St. Johns: A CAAC interdivisional showdown between two playoff teams from a season ago.
All of these games are played on Thursday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. You can vote in our Game of the Week poll once per hour until the poll closes at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27.
But wait, there’s more!
We’re expanding your role in our coverage selection this season. Beginning with Week 2’s slate of games, we’ll have you, the readers and fans, nominate games for inclusion in each Game of the Week poll.
How will we do that? Via the comments section!
“But Brandon,” you may say, “there isn’t a comments section on MLive’s High School Sports Network.”
To which I would reply: “There is not—yet.”
In the coming days, we’ll roll out a commenting platform for high school sports articles. We want you to be able to discuss (civilly) just like you can on other parts of our website.
So, next week, I’ll open up the floor to you and invite your suggestions for the next Game of the Week poll. But mere suggestions aren’t enough: You need to explain why your game deserves special attention. Make your case!
MLive is excited to bring you into the fold even more so this season. We hope you’ll particpate in the ride!