United They Stand
Another season has come and gone for United Football. There were many highs and lows to the season, but what remains is the bond these players had with each other.
“We never got down on each other,” says senior Nick Doerr, “We were tested in multiple games this season and banded together to get the job done.”
The season started great for United, winning at Berrien Springs in a 21 point comeback. It was certain that this team had heart.
Early on the Titans sustained many injuries, which would prove to be a challenge during the first few weeks. This was most notable in their losses to Schoolcraft and Muskegon Catholic Central, with many players needing to go both ways to fill in the gaps.
However, the heart of the Titans would show again, as they won the next 3 out of 4 games, solidifying a playoff spot once again.
United would be tested against South Haven in a game dubbed as the “Mud Bowl.” There were big plays on each side, players slipping and sliding, and a stalemate score. South Haven escaped by the skin of their teeth with a score of 44-42, handing the Titans a heartbreaking loss.
The playoff game was set at Gull Lake against Buchanan, and United showed out in the first half with a two touchdown lead. However, Buchanan didn't let their foot off the gas in the second half. The Titans fell with a score of 29-22.
There is a silver lining to this season. This is a young team, with many players capable of making great plays. With a long off-season, they will be able to come back stronger and hungrier. Head Coach Troy Ayotte coined the saying “excellence becomes tradition” and it is evident the Titans will live this mantra.