HS Football: Pioneer falls to state-power Muskegon in opener


Pioneer traveled across the state to play one of the best teams in the state and learned that the bus ride back wasn’t as fun as the ride there after the Big Reds greeted their visitors with a 56-0 loss Friday night.

It was the season opener for both schools.

Muskegon, who have been in the state finals four of the last five years (all loses for those keeping score), lost to Orchard Lake St. Mary’s 29-28 in last year’s final. But the Big Reds (or Buffalo Bills) appear ready for another drive for five in 2017.

“They are just a very, very good football team,” said Pioneer Coach Bill Bellers on the way back from the west coast. “They are very fast and have a big offensive line. They are well coached. I expect to see them back in the state finals this year.”

The Pioneers trailed 28-0 at halftime.

“There were some positives,” Bellers said. “We had three takeaways which was nice to see. Unfortunately, we didn’t do anything with them.

“We played hard and never gave up. ”

The Pioneers have a short week of practice before facing University of Detroit Jesuit in their home opener on Wednesday. U-D lost to Brother Rice in its season opener but have made the playoffs the last two seasons.
Bellers will focus on stressing the positives and fixing the negatives before their home opener.

“Everything in life is a lesson and football is no different,” he said. “We will use what happened tonight to get better. An old coach of mine used to say the biggest improvement a team makes is between week one and week two.”

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