Sacred Heart, Beal City Renew Rivalry
MT. PLEASANT – In what can potentially be the final meeting between the two storied programs, Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart welcomes in rival Beal City for Overtime on the Road Friday night.
Winners of the 2010 Division 8 state championship, all signs point towards Sacred Heart moving to 8-man in 2018.
The two teams have opened their seasons against one another every year since 2008, with the Irish last winning in a Division 8 district final in 2010. The Aggies ran away with last year’s meeting, winning 34-8.
“Last year, we moved the ball extremely well against them,” Sacred Heart coach Jamie Slate said. “I feel like the score is very misleading from last year’s game. They had trouble slowing us down, until we got into the red zone, and then we started having some issues.
“A constant mantra of our practice from a day-to-day basis is we have to do what we do, and do it better than we did the day before.”
Beal City has made the postseason in 17 consecutive seasons and has won at least one playoff game in each of the last 11 years.
“I’m confident of our team,” Beal City coach Brad Gross said. “I think we have a great group of guys that like to play, like to play the game. And I think everybody kind of gets along. Football is the ultimate team sport, and that’s what I see mostly in this is we have a good team and a bunch of good guys.”
As a crosstown rivalry, Friday’s meeting will pit friends against one another.
“When we get on the field it’s all, you know, everyone’s hunting for one another, but off the field most of our guys are pretty good with each other, and pretty civil,” Sacred Heart senior Colton Hyble said.
“It’s always a great game, every year,” added Beal City senior Aaron Schafer. “There’s always a lot of talk through, a lot of…everybody’s always ready, you know, Sacred Heart, Beal City…I know I’m good buddies with a lot of the guys, I played baseball with them, you know, but you get in that game, you’re not friends anymore.”
Kickoff Friday is 7 p.m.