Beal City Readies for Ubly, Return to D8 State Semifinals

BEAL CITY – For the first time since 2014, the Beal City football program is preparing for a Division 8 state semifinal and a berth in a MHSAA state final.

Beal City is in a Division 8 semifinal for the first time since losing to Munising in a 2014 semifinal.

The Aggies (11-1) square off against Ubly (10-2) Saturday at Mt. Pleasant Community Memorial Stadium.

Beal City is back in the semifinals for a 10th time since 2001 after playoff wins over St. Ignace (49-22), Johannesburg-Lewiston (33-20) and Ishpeming (27-14).

The Aggies have already played a pair of games on the field turf at Community Memorial Stadium this postseason including last week’s win over Ishpeming. Beal City looks to use that to its advantage on Saturday.

Saturday’s meeting with Ubly is Beal City’s first.

“I think the turf helps our team’s speed. I think it plays to our strong suits,” Beal City coach Brad Gross said. “I also think we got to work on finishing the game as well. We were out to a 27-0 lead then all of a sudden they came back with a chance to make it really, really close in the end. So that kind of gives us some coaching points for next week. Hopefully we’ll clean those up. Come out next week and do the same thing.”

Ubly is making its second semifinal appearance in four years and first in Division 8. The Bearcats are no strangers to this stage of the state playoffs, having now reached the semifinals six times since 2003, including a Division 7 state runner-up finish in 2008.

Ubly’s two regular-season losses came to Harbor Beach and Cass City. The Bearcats have recorded playoff wins over Unionville-Sebewaing (30-8), Harbor Beach (34-20) and Saginaw Nouvel (56-36).

The victor of Saturday’s game awaits the winner of the second semifinal between Fowler (11-1) and defending state champion Reading (11-1).

Saturday’s semifinal from Mt. Pleasant kicks off at 1 p.m.

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