Chelsea Defeated In District Championship By River Rouge



Chelsea Senior Quarterback Thomas Steele rolls out to his right in 3rd quarter action


The drive for 5 consecutive district championships fell short for the Chelsea Bulldogs as they fell to the River Rouge Panthers 35-10 Friday night.  Chelsea ends it’s great season with a 9-2 record while River rouge will take its 9-2 record and move on to play 10-1 Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood.

The Panthers started out quickly as they took the opening kickoff for the early score giving them a big early lead. They had come into the game averaging 50 points a game but they hadn’t faced a defense like Chelsea’s. The Bulldogs were able to move the ball down the field but weren’t able to finish for the score.

The Bulldogs fell behind 14-0 before Cullen Lindsay was able to get the Bulldogs on the board with a 32-yard field goal that had plenty of room to spare. The Panthers would run the ball for another score then Aiden Chisholm took the kickoff 58 yards to set the Bulldogs up in great field position. But the drive came up short as the ball was picked off in the end zone.

As River Rouge moved the ball downfield to try to add to their lead before the half, Chelsea’s Patrick Bertoni was able to jump in front of the Panther’s first pass of the night and intercept it and return it 25 yards to stall their drive and end the half with River Rouge up 21-3.

After halftime, the Bulldogs took the ball and were able to drive but again unable to finish and put any points on the board. Several drives were stalled by many missed calls by the referees including a third down and long for the Panthers where an obvious offensive pass interference was clearly missed. The Panthers were called for 9 penalties on the night including some personal fouls.

River Rouge would put 2 more scores up on the board before the cold night was over.  The Bulldogs defense still held them below their season scoring average. Chelsea quarterback Thomas Steele would put his athleticism to good use on the night as he finished as Chelsea’s leading rusher with 84 yards rushing and a touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. He finished the night with 110 yards passing. Hunter Neff was the Bulldogs leading receiver with 86 yards on 4 catches.

Senior middle linebacker Owen Nikischer led the Bulldogs on defense with 11 total tackles while Ronnie Buford would finish with 7 including one for a big loss. Bertoni would finish with 6 plus the interception.

After the trophy award ceremony Chelsea Head Coach Brad Bush gathered his gridiron warriors and addressed them.

“That’s a great team,” Bush would say. “You did a great job and you should all hold your heads high. You have nothing to be ashamed of. I’m proud of each and every one of you.”




Dozer The Pig’s Playoff Pigskin Preview


Hey, everybody, it’s me Dozer the pig. I’m so excited for the game this week, we’re going for our 5th District Championship in a row. Not many schools can say that. Well, they can say it but that won’t make it true. Heck, most times would be happy to make it to the playoffs even once. But Friday’s game won’t be easy. We’re hosting the River Rouge Panthers. And it’s going to be a tough game.

The Bulldogs first time playing the Panthers was last year when they had to forfeit for using an illegal player. Thank goodness Trump is in office and getting rid of the illegals! It will make it fair. Heck, you want an illegal player, I’ll suit up. I told Coach that but he said it wouldn’t be legal or fair because I would tear everybody up. Plus he said he didn’t have a jersey big enough for me. That’s right, I’m ripped, solid pig muscle!

Speaking of hogs, that o-line is going to have to play harder than they ever have. My hog brothers need to bring their A game. They’re playing great, they’ve got better as the year has gone on.  You guys need to be big and mean, show some teeth, but no biting, that’s my job! And you people hosting the o-line dinner, bust out the money because us big boys need to eat. And stop forgetting to invite me!

Defense, you need to be mean, fast, tough. The first hit equals tackle. Don’t let them slip away. I don’t want to see any more long touchdown runs. You grab them wrap them up to bring them down. Listen to your coaches they know what they’re talking about. That’s why they have that job because they’re good at what they do,. That’s why they win all the time.

Special teams, no mistakes. I want no turnovers or stupid penalties. First kid screws up gets a visit from me. You can run but I got mighty strong legs for how little they are and I move fast for a big guy. Especially if I hear a dinner bell or smell pizza!

Now, River Rouge is averaging 46 points a game. That’s a lot of points. Their defense is giving up only 9 points a game. They have some good players on their team. Many pundits have them going all the way in Division 4. After all, they were in the championship game in 2015 and came close last year. But so did we. And they’re good but they haven’t faced a defense like ours!

Speaking of pundits there were many who said Chelsea wouldn’t make the playoffs, would lose 3 games, wouldn’t make it out of the first round of the playoffs. These were so-called “sports experts” & alumni. And I need their names so I can go give them a taste of pig power, tenderize them a little. You do not mess with my Bulldogs and wish them to lose! EVER!

Friday, I want the stadium packed. I want you all to stomp your feet, get loud, scream, and cheer on the Bulldogs. They’re gonna need the crow behind them. I wanna hear the hit somebody crew. I want to hear it in my barn. And student section, sure, have fun, but you are there to support your team.  I want you all in full force. Last week, you were weak. My goat buddies could be louder than you! And don’t be singing no stupid songs with F-words in it. What is wrong with you? There’s little kids & piglets around!

I got the Bulldogs in this in a close one. It’s going to be wet from the rains lately so ball control is a big factor. Strip that ball, jump those routes, break the wheel, pop the bubble! Points are going to be hard to come by. But I know the Bulldogs will score just enough to win in a close one. It’s going to come down to the 4th quarter. But I believe and you better believe too! Or else you deal with the Dozer! Go Bulldogs!!!!