Tigers continue winning streak
There are some very impressive stats this season for the Belleville football team. Most importantly, if you hold your opponents to zero points on the board, you are more than likely going to win the game. The Tigers have done just that for 14 quarters (three and half games) and come away with four straight victories.
Friday night at home was no different as the iron-clad Tiger defense held the Dearborn Heights Crestwood Chargers scoreless knocking off the league opponent 17-0.
Senior linebacker Drew Priebe was a part of the tough defense for the Tigers’ fourth straight victory.
“I was just doing my job out there,” Priebe explained after the win. “Football is a team game and we can’t say playoffs yet because each game is so important.
Priebe was active on the field all night stuffing the Charger run.
“Fourteen quarters without a point is a good number,” he said. “But we can’t think about that.”
In the second quarter Antwaine McGuire kicked off the scoring when he ran the ball in from five yards out for the touchdown. After the Bongiorno kick, the locals led 7-0 with 8:54 to play in the half.
In the third quarter Bongiorno added a 31-yard field goal to make the score 10-0 in favor of the Tigers.
Belleville added a final touchdown late in the game when senior running back Shaquille Mobley bounced off several Crestwood tacklers and rumbled into the end zone on a 34-yard run for the score with 39 seconds left to play. Zach Bongiorno nailed the extra point and the scoring was over.
“My dad always told me don’t let the first guy tackle you and keep your feet moving,” Mobley said. “We still have a week to get better (for our next opponent).”
“I am trying not to think about when the other team will score against us,” Tiger coach Matt Davenport said. “Because it will happen. Crestwood got down deep against us but we really competed on defense.”
Davenport said one thing they have to work on is cutting down on penalties.
“I was really calm about it at the half,” he said. “We had fewer in the second half.”
For him these league games are extremely important.
“The league record is the most important thing,” Davenport said. “Those five games in the conference are the most important. If you take care of those, you only need to win one more game and you can get in the playoffs.”
The main focus for Belleville according to Davenport is to fix the mistakes and penalties.
“We need to practice better,” he said. “I didn’t like the way we practiced last week.”
Belleville improves to 4-1 on the season with a perfect 3-0 record in the Western Wayne Athletic Conference (WWAC). The locals will travel to Redford Thurston on Friday for another important contest.
This past week the junior varsity football team defeated Crestwood 14-13 to improve to 2-3 on the season, and the freshmen knocked off the Chargers 25-0 to improve to 3-2.