Football makes third round of playoffs


Jake Conz

The Bears huddle and prepare for another play.

On November 6 in the district semi-finals, it was the Wyandotte Bears facing Detroit Renaissance Phoenix, and won the game 38-14 to made it to the district finals.
“We hadn’t had a lot of success against PSL teams that we played in my tenure,” head coach Ron Adams said.
That doubt changed when the Bears started off strong with scoring 31 points, and left Detroit Renaissance scoreless in the first half of the game.
A key play in that half was senior quarterback Jalin Pitchford avoiding three tackles and throwing a touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Anthony Peterson.
“I knew I had already lost 20 yards on that play, and that would’ve been bad positioning, so after I made them miss, I was going to run and just get back the yards, but saw Anthony standing alone, and I threw the ball up hoping I had the arm strength on the run to make the throw and that it stayed in bounds,” Pitchford said.
The ball was thrown to Peterson, and caught it for a Bears touchdown.
“It was a poorly executed play in terms of scheme, but Jalin used his athletic ability to improvise and make something essentially out of nothing,” Adams said.
At the beginning of the second half, Detroit Renaissance had the ball in their territory, and senior cornerback Kamari Garrison intercepted the ball , and ran it for a touchdown for a pick six. That would be the last time the Bears would score in the second half.
While Renaissance would score twice, it would be their only two touchdowns in the entire game, leaving the final 38-14, and the Bears moving on to district finals.
The Bears will be hosting another playoff game, and against Oak Park High School, who Special Teams Coach George Filipiak has had experience with.
“Team 114 played Oak Park, and won 10-6 at home… The biggest challenge will be their size and speed–they have a couple players that are in the top 100 of the state,” Filipiak said.
Pitchford will also be making changes in preparation for Oak Park as well.
“To help prepare for OP, I will definitely be watching a lot of film trying to gauge the tendencies and where we can beat them on both sides of the ball, and also bring more intensity to practice everyday,” Pitchford said.
The game is a district final, and if they win, it will be the Bear’s sixth district championship and their first district win since 2012, and will move on to the regional championship, with an opponent to be determined.