Austin Taseski ‘21: The Bulldogs ended their season early as they lost to the Davison Cardinals on Friday, November 1st. They finished with a 7-3 overall record with a 3-2 divisional record. They suffered losses to the Cardinals, the Eisenhower Eagles and Chippewa Valley Big Reds.
The Bulldogs made the playoffs for the 16th straight year in a row, while holding a +202 point differential on the year.
The offensive line of Cameron Joseph ‘21, Michael Kostrubiec ‘20, Neil Shaw III ‘20, Dominci Giancarli ‘20, Weston Jones ‘21, and Jonathan Lafave ‘20 anchored the offense throughout the season. They put up 337 points this year, the most since the 2015 state championship team. With a 7-0 record in games where they put up 30 or more points, the offense kept consistent throughout the season.
Multiple players on the team had more than one touchdown on the year as Ben Weber ‘20 had three, and also played great on the defensive end as well. He had 6 tackles for losses against the Cardinals in the playoffs. Brian St. Clair ‘21 did very well running the ball, as he was in the double digits for touchdown runs throughout the season. Ryan Czapski ‘20 ran the ball as well, but was limited by injuries all season. But, when he was in he could not be stopped, as he had multiple 100 yard rushing games.
On the receiving end, Nino Brasza ‘21 caught the majority of balls this season from Bret Miller ‘20, who had nine passing TD’s throughout the season, five of which were to Brasza.
The driving force of this Bulldog team, the defense, created great opportunities, stifled offenses, and made life for opposing quarterbacks hard. Statistically they boasted the best defense since 1992, only giving up 100 points in the regular season, while also playing in the toughest conference in the state.
For the secondary, safety Justin McNulty ‘20 and corner Nick Miclea ‘20 both had three interceptions on the year. The corner on the opposite side, Brandt Messner ‘20, had two. Along with Abe Mayfield ‘20 and Ty Messner ‘21, the DB’s lockdown opposing passing games, coming up with pass break up after pass break up.
On the defensive line, Weber, Jake Ploetz ‘20, Micheal Heldman ‘21 consistently shutdown the run game. The rotation of Jones, Lafave, Seth Packan ‘20, Dyontay Gomes ‘20, made it difficult for running backs to find holes, and quarterbacks to throw the ball. Ploetz lead the team in sacks, and also the most tackles for losses, followed closely by Weber and Heldman respectively.
Bryce Tinson ‘20 and Francesco Ruffino ‘20, Logan Iafrate ‘20, and Michael Severini ‘20 headed a linebacking core that created turnovers and assisted on the defensive side, cleaning up what the d-line missed.
Many underclassmen played well in their time on the field. Fabrizio Raciti ‘21, Kasey Harrison ‘22, and Austin Radtke ‘21 all stepped up during key moments in the regular season.
In the 2020 fall season, the Bulldogs have great returning players and also have many great underclassman. The hope is to win the MAC Red and return to the playoffs once again.
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