GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - New coach, same old Falcons.
Joe Hyland has guided West Catholic back to Ford Field in his very first year on the sideline in the state of Michigan as West Catholic (11-2) will play Menominee (12-1) Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
The Falcons have been the model for consistency in the MHSAA. West Catholic is going for their fourth straight championship in their fifth straight trip to the title game and sixth trip in the last seven years.
They'll face the Maroons in the postseason for the seventh year in a row and because the Falcons have ended the Maroons season in each of the past six years, this years Falcons team expects to see an angry opponent.
"Well we know Menominee wants to come out and get us," said senior Sam Neville. "We've gotten them the last few years so they're going to be playing with a lot of fire and we need to match that and raise it up even more than they're playing at."
The Falcons defense has been taken to the next level in the playoffs: In four games they've allowed a total of 20 points, shutting out Algonac in their semifinal matchup.
"From day one, all the way in June, we just buckled down, we got together and just got it down," said junior receiver Zaavon Scott. "We focused and we know what our goal was going to be. We just worked hard, buckled down and tried to do our best."
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