Bruin football comes to a close

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Joe Pearson, Sports Editor

The St. Joe Bruin football season came to an end last month in Shelby at the hands of a 10-0 Northside team.

The Bruins struggled throughout on the offensive side of the ball. On defense, they struggled to contain the explosive offense of the Gators, who average over 50 points per game. At halftime, the Gators had a firm control on the game with a 44-0. In the second half, the Gators added two more touchdowns and a safety.

“I am proud of the team for making it to the playoffs,” said Reed Fry, a senior who played football for the first time this year. “Our season did not end how we envisioned it would, but I am grateful that I got the opportunity to play and thankful for the teammates I had.”

The Bruins ended the season with a 3-8 record. The playoff game, however, marked the fourth year in a row that the football team made an appearance in the 2A MHSAA playoffs.

Next year is an opportunity for the Bruins to far surpass the record of the team this year. Current juniors Kevin May, Joshua Briscoe and Caleb Wilson will be critical skill players in the upcoming year.

As for now, attention has already shifted to the 2020 football season. The football players that do not participate in other sports began the strength and condition program provided by the Bruin coaching staff this week.

The foundation for the 2020 campaign is already being constructed. The Bruins will have the next six months to prepare for spring, and another two months over the summer to prepare for the season. The team is determined to better their 2019 season.