MISportsNow’s Top Stories of 2019: No. 6 – Beal City, Glen Lake Reach Ford Field
As we approach a new year and a new decade, MISportsNow is looking back at the top 10 area sports stories for 2019. This is the fifth in a 10-part series.
The Beal City and Glen Lake football programs capped off a successful 2019 fall season in northern Michigan with appearances in the MHSAA Division 8 and 6 state finals, respectively, on Friday, Nov. 29, 2019.
Beal City made its first appearance in the Division 8 final reaching making back-to-back appearances in 2012 and 2013. Making its eighth state title game appearance in program history and first under coach Brad Gross, Beal City ran into a dominant defensive outfit in a 33-6 defeat.
The Rangers outgained the Aggies 315-157 on Friday, including 260-42 on the ground, and held an 18-4 advantage on first downs.
“I’m just proud of our kids,” Gross said after loss. “They played their hearts out against the defending state champs. It was 14-6 at halftime and we had them right where we wanted them. We just didn’t make the plays today. Hats off to Reading, they’re a great football team… Our kids played their butt off.”
The Aggies wrapped up their season at 12-2 and graduated 14 seniors from this year’s roster that saw a 10-win improvement from last year’s 2-7 season.
Glen Lake’s return to the Division 6 final for the first time since 2016 resulted in a defensive battle.
Facing Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central, Glen Lake dropped a low-scoring, 7-0 contest.
A Wyatt Bergmoser six-yard touchdown with 7:17 remaining in the second quarter proved to be the difference Friday as Glen Lake was held to 127 total yards and six first downs.
“That was hard fought and one of the best football games I’ve been associated with,” Glen Lake coach Jerry Angers said following Friday’s loss. “Watching these kids battle every second, I couldn’t ask for anything more. One of my favorite groups ever, and I’m not just saying that. With their work ethic, our mantra all year was ‘Finish,’ and they finished.”
Glen Lake is set to graduate 16 seniors from its 2019 team that wrapped up its season at 12-2. The Lakers were appearing in their fourth state final and eyeing their second championship and first since claiming the 1994 Class DD title.