Bison come back with a victory after loss to Elkhart


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Athletic Director Gary Grubbs talks with the team during their game against Somerville. The Bison won 71-6.

After a tough loss the week before, the Bison redeemed themselves during Friday night’s game with a score of 71-6 against the Somerville Yeguas.

“I believe our boys did an amazing job on Friday,” Belle captain Jessica Kaiser said. “They played their hearts out and didn’t give up. That’s how our boys work. I’m proud to be a part of it!”

Friday night was also a night of firsts for some of the junior varsity players; since Somerville was unable to pull together a JV team for the match scheduled for the night before, several Bison JV players were moved up to play varsity against Somerville.

“There was no other feeling like it,” sophomore Shelley Pate, who scored a touchdown, said. “To look back and see everyone cheering felt like a dream!”

The coaches, all new this year with the exception of Chris Smith, were pleased with the performance.

“Our boys played hard and represented our school with pride and integrity,” athletic director  Gary Grubbs said. “We spread the ball around on offense and rushed for 430 yards. The defense only gave up 33 yards on the night. We appreciate the stands being the stands being full and the awesome support we are receiving.”

The win came after a loss the week before. After a long battle, including multiple flags and a lightning delay, the Bison ended the first preseason game of the season with a 3-56 loss. Although the players and fans alike were disappointed in the score, they were not ready to throw in the towel on the season.

“The score is not what defines a team, character does,” assistant principal Janet Slaughter said. “Never give up, never stop doing your best, that is what defines a team.”

Former Bison Trent Martin was impressed with the team’s effort.

“They fought hard and never gave up,” Martin said. “Although they lost, I’m still proud of them.”

Former players were not the only fans proud of the effort the Bison and their new coaching staff left on the field.

“I think the boys did good,” cheerleader Jacie Jones said. “They never gave up and kept working hard through the whole game. I’m very proud of them.”