Bruins start season with loss from Richland Rangers


Clay Blanchard

The Bruin defense prepares to face the Richland Rangers.

Jarrett Hall, Staff writer

Last Friday, the St. Joseph Bruins were defeated by the Richland Rangers for their first game of the 2020 season. The Bruins were trying to rebound from last year’s 3-8 season, but unfortunately, fell to the Rangers 37-16, despite showing promise for the rest of the season.

The Bruins had a rough first half of the game with the offense having trouble getting past the Rangers. On the other side of the ball, the Bruin defense stepped up against them with major plays from the backfield. In the second half, they managed to get on the board with a major play that ended a touchdown by wide receiver Christopher Watson.

Overall, the Bruins only gained three yards on the ground and 169 through the air, while the Rangers gained 335 total yards, rushing for 237, and passing for 98.

Although the team suffered a loss, they showed great potential with new additions like eighth-grader Emilie Picarella, who made his debut as starting quarterback for the varsity football team. For Picarella, he believes that that the team “could’ve executed a better game on both sides of the ball because we had great preparation.”

However, the team does plan to watch for their mistakes and do some conditioning to prepare for the rivalry match against St. Andrew’s at home on the Bill Raphael Field this Friday, September 11. To follow the game, turn into the Bruin Broadcasting Network, which is part of the student-run award-winning St. Joe journalism program. Watch the livestream through Bruin TV by clicking here or listen live on WJXC Jackson, Mississippi Catholic Radio, 107.9 FM starting at 6:45 p.m.

Click the photo gallery below to see pictures from last week’s game.