Michigan high school football teams to open season at ‘The Big House’

On Friday, contracts were finalized for the “Battle of the Big House” on Aug. 25-27. The event will feature 14 Michigan high schools in what is believed to be the first high school football games played at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, home of the Wolverines.

The event will be co-hosted by Clarkston and Lapeer, who will face off on Aug. 26.

While Clarkston and Lapeer are hosting the event, all eyes will be on the Aug. 27 matchup between Ann Arbor Pioneer and Muskegon, the two winningest programs in state history.

“I won’t have to do a whole lot of motivating this off-season,” Muskegon football coach Shane Fairfield said, via the Detroit Free Press. “All I’ve got to say is: ‘Hey, you’re playing Week 1 at Michigan.’ I think that will be exciting enough.

“I’ll tell you what, I’m as excited as heck. It gives you the chills and the goosebumps being able to think about traveling there, going down that tunnel, the history and what it does for the kids — the experience for your young people to play on such a big stage Week 1 against a great opponent.”

If the event is a success, we could see more high schools in Michigan receiving opportunities to play in the future.

The full “Battle of the Big House” schedule can be seen below:

Aug. 25 games

Brighton vs. Detroit East English Village, 4

Walled Lake Western vs. Farmington, 7

Aug. 26 games

Kalamazoo Central vs. St. Joseph, 4

Clarkston vs. Lapeer, 7

Aug. 27 games

Novi Detroit CC vs. Sterling Heights Stevenson, 1

East Kentwood vs. Farmington Hills Harrison, 4

Ann Arbor Pioneer vs. Muskegon, 7

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