Reminiscing on a historic football season

A look at Brighton’s historic football season


Karlyn Rainey

Ruben Salinas for one of his picture-perfect catches during the championship.

Kyle MacKew and Jacob Klonowski

As the craziness of the high school football state championship comes to an end, it is time to look back on this year’s historic run. For the first time ever in school history, Brighton High School loaded their team onto buses and drove to Ford Field to play Davison in the championship game. Even though the outcome wasn’t the one Brighton had hoped for, there are many things we can look back on and remember about this year’s season. 

Scott Pulter, a senior that has been a part of the program for four years, said, “It was exciting to realize how much our team accomplished this season and being the first time in Brighton history to make it that far.” 

The whole state of Michigan witnessed BHS battling together every second of every game. In the semi-finals, the Bulldogs were matched against Belleville, who they had lost to twice the previous season. The two teams went back and forth scoring touchdowns and stopping each other on defense, but as Belleville drew multiple penalties, momentum swung in Brighton’s favor and take the lead. The Bulldogs won this game 22-19. 

“The Belleville game was really emotional because we finally beat them and sent our team to the state championship,” said Pulter.

Ruben Salinas, a first year senior at Brighton, added more depth to the team’s wide receivers. Salinas, who also plans to run track this year, said “Running into Ford Field playing for a state championship for the first time was an awesome experience.” 

The players also had the experience of being on TV while playing at Ford Field. Salinas put on a show for the cameras during the championship game, making some amazing catches and gaining some first downs. With these catches came some well deserved attention from colleges for Salinas. Currently, he has three offers, including Grand Valley State University and Central Michigan.  

At the beginning of the season Brighton’s coaches set goals for the team. Coach Brent Luplow, the offensive coordinator, set a goal for 10 wins which the team surpassed. If you were to say that this year’s team was great that would be an understatement to Luplow. 

“I’m not sure I will ever be apart of an offense that will have the ability that these guys had,” said Luplow.