The West Bloomfield Shamrocks will face the Belleville Cardinals in Michigan High School Football 2020 MHSAA Championship Game on Saturday, January 16 @ 11:00 AM at Lapeer High School. And if you are wondering to watch the action live, than you are in the right place.
2021 MHSAA – MICHIGAN Football Semifinal West Bloomfield High School vs. Belleville High School Jan 16, 2021 | 11:00 AM MST
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In terms of COVID-19 testing, Novi Detroit West Bloomfield is the gold standard in Oakland County. The Shamrocks football team is the gold standard, too.
West Bloomfield is 9-0 and getting ready to lock horns with defending Division 1 state champion Belleville in a D1 Division 1 on Saturday. The school’s athletic department has been COVID-19 screening since the summer, so the state’s recently mandated testing procedures for the resumption of the football playoffs (after a two-month pause due to increasing pandemic numbers) has been relatively easy to adjust to.
“We’ve been in the (testing) process for a while now, we’ve done everything we’ve could to be as safe as possible,” West Bloomfield athletic director Aaron Babicz said. “These guys haven’t lost faith this entire time and it was easy to lose faith.”
Babicz reports positive energy coursing through the veins of the program as the Shamrocks prepare for their first trip to the Division 1 finals in three years.
“Morale is high and has been kept high by constant engagement,” he said. “The phone calls, Zoom meetings, virtual workouts all kept us focused, all the way back to March. We put ourselves at the head of the pack (unity, preparation, testing wise), it was inspiring. You could feel it at the first open workout in June. We can’t control the pandemic or what the MHSAA does. All we can do is plant our foot and pivot when called upon.”
Babicz is a West Bloomfield alum (Class of ’93) and former football star who played in college at Hillsdale. He helps Shamrocks head coach Dan Anderson run the program.
West Bloomfield has a high-powered offense led by junior quarterback Declan Byle and a reliable stable of wide receivers made up of senior Sam Dersa (Saginaw Valley State) and juniors Kam Davenport and Owen Semp. Central Michigan-commit Bruno Guberinich anchors the line and underclassmen Jackson Ewald, Braydon Courser and Baechler Houser fuel the linebacker corps.
The Shamrocks travel to Lapeer to face Belleville Saturday for the Division 1 championship game. Belleville (9-0), the No. 1 team in the state according to the Associated Press, will be without all-state field general Brendan Sullivan, already enrolled early at Northwestern. More