Beal City Ready for Second State Final in Three Years
BEAL CITY — The Beal City football team will play at Ford Field for the second time in three years for the Div. 8 state championship, with the Aggies taking on Hudson this year.
This will be the ninth time Beal City plays in the state championship, with their last title coming in 2009. They lost to Reading in 2019, 33-6. They return six players from that team, who are now seniors, and they know what it takes to compete at Ford Field.
“The atmosphere is really cool. The whole place is cool, being such a big stadium like that. I still felt like that whole experience was amazing,” Beal City senior Cade Block said. “So to go there and win would be something even more special.”
“We have a lot of coaches that have been through it before. We’ve been there. We’ve done that. We’ve been around. When you know what to expect, it makes a huge a difference for us,” Beal City head coach Brad Gross said. “And I think the big key is we’ve had some players that have done it. They know we’re not just going here to play a game at Ford Field and be happy. Our guys are focused and trying to take home the big trophy.”
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The Aggies had just one loss this year and it came in the season opener against Ravenna, 21-20. They are coming off a 12-7 win over Ubly, handing the Wildcats their first and only loss of the season. It was an impressive win, especially considering Ubly had scored 65 points the week before and eyed another trip to the state championship this year.
Following last week’s win, Beal City has allowed just 7.8 points per game. Hudson has allowed just 7.1 points per game in their 13 wins this year, including seven shutouts. The Aggies expect a defensive battle on Friday.
“They seem pretty well-rounded everywhere. So, yeah, I think it’ll be a low scoring game,” Beal City senior Wade Wilson said.
“They come to the line and snap it really quick, so they put you in predicaments,” Gross said. “You gotta know where to line up and you gotta know where to go right away. So we’ve got to be prepared.”
The game will kick off at 10 a.m. on Friday at Ford Field in Detroit.