Bears never saw THIS turnaround coming

Sometimes dreams do come true.

For the St. Joseph Bears, they are now just one win away from realizing something they never thought could be a reality.

Playing in the Michigan State Football Championship.

St. Joseph has a rich history in football, having made it to the state semis in 1997 and the state finals in 1988.

But recent history hasn't been so rich.

Just two years ago, the Bears didn't win a single game. They were 0-9.

That's what makes this run so special, especially for 2nd-year coach Elliot Uzelac, who was completely honest when asked if he saw any of this coming.

"No," Uzelac said bursting out in laughter. "I don't think anyone could. I'd be lying if I said I did. But I knew as we were going along, we had the chance to be special."

Senior quarterback Ethan Schweir admits he couldn't see this coming either.

"It's been in our dreams and my dreams especially since freshman year, but no, i never really thought that," Schweir says.

"I always thought the only chance of me being a part of a state championship is watching it on Friday night lights. Now it actually could happen. It's awesome."

The Bears know making it to the state finals won't be easy. They'll have to get through defending Division 3 State Champion Grand Rapids East Saturday at 1PM at Otsego High School.

But they know what's at stake.

"It would mean the world to me," senior cornerback Anthony Grandberry says.

"That's what I've been waiting for for my whole high school career is to go to State and play in the championship game."

Coming up on Newscenter 16 at 6 on Thursday, we'll explain how this turnaround came about.


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