Jack Stager ‘22: The 2021 Romeo Varsity football season came to a close with the Bulldogs finishing 8-1 in the regular season and 9-2 overall. The boys opened up with wins against Oxford, Warren Mott, Dakota, and Grosse Pointe North. The varsity team then took their first and only loss in the regular season to Chippewa Valley.

Matthew Jackman ‘22 expressed his thoughts on his last high school football season.

“It went well, 8-1 in the regular season is amazing and the one loss was tough that we should have won. But overall I’m very proud of this team and how we really came together as a family and as athletes,” Jackman said.

Matthew and company then took wins against big schools like Eisenhower, Stevenson, and Anchor Bay to end the season. While winning, the Bulldogs took a dominant win against Port Huron Northern for their annual homecoming game.

Overall, the 2021 varsity team looked dominant headed into the playoffs with a weak first round matchup against Anchor Bay. They took the easy victory down in Anchor Bay with a final score of 51-0, which proposed a district final matchup against Dakota.

The Bulldogs then ended their season with a tough loss in the district final 35-20. Senior linebacker Seth VonHiltmayer gave his thoughts on the sentimental loss and end to football for the seniors.

“This season was the most fun I’ve ever had with football. The practices were buzzing with energy, and the camaraderie between players was the highest it’s ever been. It was not the ending we intended, but it still was an awesome season,” VonHiltmayer said.

Alex Foster ‘23 shared his thoughts on the season from an underclassmen’s point of view and how he holds optimism for next year’s season.
“This season was a wonderful start to all junior varsity careers. As a team, we had a great football season and the brothership was like no other. Before the season we barely knew some seniors but after the season it was like no other. There was no barrier to grades because of the brotherhood. It was still a great season even though it ended earlier than we hoped,” Foster said.

At the end, when the clock hit triple zeros, the Bulldogs finished 9-2 and played outstanding all season long. As the school waves goodbye to the seniors who gave their to the Romeo Football program for four years in a row, we look with our heads up and excitement for the 2023 class.

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