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Top 10 games: Grandville looks to end 13-game losing streak to Rockford

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Top 10 games: Grandville looks to end 13-game losing streak to Rockford

Grandville – Grandville has arguably been the most impressive team in the state the last two weeks blowing past O-K Red Division rivals Hudsonville and East Kentwood by a combined score of 82-9.

The last 13 times Rockford has played Grandville the Rams have, arguably, been equally as impressive. Rockford has won 13 consecutive games in this series and just once has the margin of victory been fewer than 16 points (21-6 in 2014).

Rockford (3-2) will host Grandville (5-0) on Friday at 7 p.m. in what should be the game that determines the division winner.

As meaningful as that sounds the next time they play this season the stakes will be higher.

“Their kids watched our kids play last spring,” Grandville coach Eric Stiegel said. “I don’t remember if it was in basketball or track but I told my players then that we would likely play them twice in the fall.”

Inevitably the power teams in the O-K Red meet in a Division 1 district. The reason for this is there are so few Division 1 teams in the Grand Rapids area. And this is why many coaches have petitioned for, indirectly in most cases, that the playoffs should be seeded one through eight in each of the four regions in each of the eight divisions instead of the current format, which has eight districts in each division seeded 1-4. The reasoning is that under the current system teams that have played each other during the regular season invariably play in th