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Watch replay of CatchMark SportsNet Podcast Season 5 Ep. 1: Ringing in ‘Battle for the Bell’

Hear from Whitehall and Montague in the hour-long show that aired Monday, Sept. 11, 2023.

WHITEHALL — The 2023 high school football is flying. We’re already in Week 4.

It’s a big week in these parts. The “Battle for the Bell” pitting neighboring rivals Montague and Whitehall is this Friday at Montague’s Townsend Athletic Complex. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

What better way to kick off rivalry week and to launch a new CatchMark SportsNet Podcast season than by hosting members of Montague’s and Whitehall’s teams as guests on Season 5 Episode 1 Monday night at the CatchMark office.

For the first half of the hour-long, live podcast, we chatted with Whitehall head coach Tony Sigmon and senior playmakers Ca’Mar Ready and Malcolm Earvin. For the second half-hour, we brought in Montague seniors Adam Baird, Paul Olson, and Joe Winkelman.

This will be the 117th meeting between Montague and Whitehall. The Wildcats lead the all-time series, 64-50-2, but since 1950 the series is tighter at 41-38 in favor of Montague. 

Last year, Whitehall defeated Montague, 60-6, at Whitehall. 

In this file photo, Whitehall football seniors, from left, Graycen Shepherd, Jaiden Altgilbers, Chase Niezurawski and Nate Bolley pose for a photo with Jason Niezurawski and the bell after the Vikings defeated Montague, 60-6, on Sept. 16, 2022, in Whitehall, Mich. (Courtesy photo)

Whitehall brings a 3-0 record into the grudge match, while Montague is 2-1. 

This season, Whitehall has outscored its three opponents — Hudsonville Unity Christian, Tecumseh, and Hastings — by a combined 145-56 margin. The Vikings have beaten Unity 34-28, Tecumseh 55-0, and Hastings 56-28. 

Montague has outscored its three opponents a combined 100-76. Montague has won two straight after a 34-28 season-opening loss to still-unbeaten Spring Lake. They Wildcats are coming off a 33-8 victory at Orchard View in a WMC Lakes Division opener. In Week 2, Montague won a high-scoring battle against Ravenna, 39-34.

Watch the full episode of Season 5 Episode 1 of the CatchMark SportsNet Podcast above.

All of our podcasts can be found on the CatchMark SportsNet YouTube channel as well as Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

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