10 Greater Lansing Games to Watch in 2022

From squaring off state champions to renewed rivalries, there are plenty of compelling high school football matchups taking place this fall involving Greater Lansing events.

Here’s a look at the 10 best matchups during the regular season involving a region team.

DeWitt v. Haslett

(Game at Michigan Stadium)

When: Thursday 3:30pm (Week 1)

What to know: When these two teams meet at Michigan Stadium in a season opener, it will mark their first matchup since 2017 when both were members of the CAAC Red. DeWitt and Haslett were both Division 3 playoff qualifiers and league champions last season. DeWitt, who is playing his second straight season in the Big House, was the Division 3 runner-up last season and is the defending CAAC Blue champion. Haslett improved to six wins en route to the district finals, earning a share of the CAAC Red title.

Portland at DeWitt

Portland football beat DeWitt 20-17 on Thursday, Sept. 2 at Portland High School.

When: 7 September 1 (Week 2)

What to know: The programs are meeting for the fourth year in an early season game. Portland, which reached the Division 5 state semifinals last season, has won two of the three recent meetings between the programs, including a 20-17 win at home last season.

Mason at Holt

Holt's JJ Moore, left, celebrates his touchdown catch with Josh Lopez in the third quarter on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, at Mason High School.

When: 7 September 1 (Week 2)

What to know: The Cedar Street Bowl returned last season after a long hiatus, claiming the trophy with a road win over neighboring Mason. The Bulldogs and Rams will meet again this fall before diving into their league schedules. Both programs are coming off playoff appearances, with Mason advancing to the Division 3 state semifinals. Holt has won 21 of the 35 meetings between the programs since 1950.

DeWitt in East Lansing

DeWitt's Bryce Kurncz, right, East Lansing's Jayden Patterson, left, and Mason Woods, center, take a pass while tackling during the second quarter, Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, at DeWitt High School.

When: 7pm September 16 (Week 4)

What to know: The two programs have been the best in the CAAC Blue over the past five seasons and each opened the season as part of the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association preseason rankings. This tournament will likely be a key early in the CAAC Blue race. Since the Panthers joined the league in 2018, East Lansing is the lone CAAC blue team with a win over DeWitt.

Mason to Haslett

Haslett quarterback Isaac Pavona scores a touchdown on a run against Mason in the first quarter on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, at Mason High School.

When: 7 pm September 23 (Week 5)

What to know: Mason and Haslett tied atop the CAAC Red last season and split their two meetings. Haslett won the regular-season meeting and the Bulldogs won a game in the Division 3 district final. Mason used a late defensive stand to knock out the Vikings in that playoff matchup. With both teams expected to be in the mix for the CAAC Red title, this competition could be huge in the race for the championship.

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