The Pioneer football team proved resilient on Saturday afternoon but also proved that falling behind against a good team isn’t a good formula for success.
The Pioneers were looking to make it three wins in a row when visiting Bedford arrived in Ann Arbor for a Saturday showdown under bright skies and warm temperatures. The Kicking Mules kicked up plenty of success early on, building a 29-6 lead over the Pioneers.
But the home team roared back with 21 consecutive points to cut the deficit to 29-27. Bedford had the ball late in the game and didn’t give Pioneer a chance to win it as they ran out the clock to finish with a 29-27 win.
Bedford improved to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the SEC Red. The Pioneers fall to 2-3 overall and 2-1 in the league.
“We played a tough game but made some mental mistakes that cost us,” said Pioneer Coach Bill Bellers.
But there was plenty to feel “proud” about from the Pioneer sideline.
“I was very proud of how my guys kept fighting even after being down three scores,” Bellers said. “Despite the heat we played to the bitter end, just unfortunately ran out of time.”
The Pioneers scored on the opening play from scrimmage on a 65-yard pass from Nate Yuhas to Lael Onifade. But Bedford responded with 29 unanswered points.
Then came Pioneer’s impressive run before the Kicking Mules ran out the clock.
“They got the ball at the end of the fourth and we couldn’t get a stop so they ran the clock out,” Bellers said.
Pioneer hosts rival Skyline at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
The Eagles lost 50-7 to Saline last week and come into the game at 1-4 overall and 0-3 in the league.