Chelsea sports teams will take on anyone, anywhere, anytime. They don’t care how much bigger the school is or better the team is, they will take them on. It gives them a good measuring stick of just how good their own teams are. And that is what the Bulldogs football team has been doing the last few weeks as they have been competing against many other teams in 7 on 7 scrimmages with the “skill” players on the team. Most of the teams they’ve been competing against were playoff teams last year as well as some of the top teams in their respective conferences and areas. And the Bulldogs welcomed them all at Jerry Niehaus Field.
The Bulldogs are led by Senior Quarterback Jack Bush who helped lead his team to the state championship game last season at Ford Field in Detroit. Bush looked sharp in the scrimmages using his excellent field vision and quick decision-making ability making some very excellent passes to his bevy of receivers. His short passes are placed on the money and quick and his deep passes are on the mark and crisp.
The Bulldogs receivers feature some of the fastest young men in the area. Senior Chris Roush showed off his speed, hands, and route-running skills catching about everything that came his way. Seniors Al Vasquez and Travis Frazier, lining up at the Tight End position, showed off their skills and size. Bryce Jubenville, who has not played football since his freshman year, showed no signs of it as he made several highlight reel catches. There are many great offensive players including Mikal Nelson, Gus Reynolds, Thomas Steele (who also backs up Bush at QB), and Jared Hansen.
“I’m shaking off the rust,” said Jubenville. “It’s been a long time since I’ve played but it feels good to be back on the field with the team.”
One notable player who plays both sides of the ball is Senior Cam Cooper who has been listed as one of the top players in Michigan to watch this season. Cooper made several great catches on offense and broke up many passes on defense including making several outstanding interceptions.
“I’ll do whatever it takes to help my team,” Cooper stated. “We didn’t win it all last year but we’re hungry, we were there. We want to go back and get it all. We have a lot of speed and some great lineman this season. We’re going to compete and finish!”
Also on the defensive side of the ball are Senior linebacker Drew Anstead who has shown off his speed and strength. Senior Lawrence Buckley has played outstanding at cornerback locking down everyone that comes near him and has made several big pass breakups and interceptions. Senior Cole Septer has played outstanding too. Septer has a great read on the ball and is know for his hard hitting.
This team is deep with talent at every position and has a lot of great young talent waiting to help when the time arrives. They have a great coaching staff that recognizes these are student-athletes and coaches them on the field as well as off. Although Chelsea has a tough schedule, starting at Wayne State against a very tough state champion runner-up team, River Rouge, the coaches will have the team prepared and ready for the season and hopefully get them back to Ford Field where they can finish!