Brighton faces Hudsonville in regional championship game

9-2 Brighton is battling for their first regional championship win since 2005


Emily Rada

Colby Newburg, senior quarterback, running for one of his five touchdowns in the District championship game. Brighton won 48-26 and will play against Hudsonville on Nov. 15 in the Regional final.

Aidan Riley, Sports & Entertainment Editor

The BHS Varsity Football Team has been rolling in this playoff run. The Bulldogs lost their last regular season game to Fordson, and have dominated the last two teams they have played. They defeated Holt 26-7, and beat the East Kentwood Falcons 48-26. “We just go to practice and get to work,” said linebacker Tegan Kogler. “We’re just locked in.”

This week on Nov. 15, Brighton plays the Hudsonville Eagles in a battle for the regional championship. This is a big game for Brighton, as the team is looking for their first regional win since 2005. “It means a lot to the community and to all the players,” said starting cornerback Kyle Duncan. The players agree that it would be a huge step in the right direction for the program.

Last week, the Bulldogs had lots of success running the ball against a very talented East Kentwood defense. Quarterback Colby Newburg ran for 174 yards and 5 touchdowns on 17 carries, Carson Billig ran for 76 yards and a touchdown on four carries (as well as two interceptions on defense). Along with those players, Sheldon Riley ran for 93 yards on six carries, and Nick Nemecek ran for 82 yards on 17 carries. The Bulldogs only passed seven times on Friday, completing six of these attempts. “It’s hard to tell what type of offense we’ll stick to this week,” said running back Sheldon Riley. “We have a solid run game and a good pass game too.”

The Bulldogs are expecting to win the game, but aren’t going to come out like it. Hudsonville has lost to both Holt and Kentwood, which Brighton has defeated in their last two games. 

“It’s the playoffs. Anything can happen,” said Duncan. The team is focused on their mentality going into the next game and making sure that they don’t come out lightly. “We’re definitely going to have to shut down their quarterback. He’s a stud.”

Brighton will come out confident in this game. The last two games has this team at an all time high, and they are peaking at the perfect time.  “We’ve seen our true potential,” said Riley. “We know if we perform at that level this week we should come out with a win.”