Nobody likes to lose. But the best teams are the ones who find lessons in defeat and come back stronger.

Saugatuck got blown out in their final regular season game, a 40-7 loss to Fennville.

"It hurt," said senior middle linebacker Reece Schreckengust. "After that we came up with a scheme and really bought into it and started playing really well as a defensive unit."

The Indians defense has been rejuvenated this postseason, giving up just 10.5 points per game. And Bill Dunn's team has needed that kind of effort, too, because the last three games have all be decided by one score. Saugatuck beat Vermontville Maple Valley 14-8, Cassopolis 7-6, and Madison Heights Madison 14-7.

Now they face their rivals Pewamo-Westphalia in the Division 7 state championship and the Pirates have ended their season in three of the past four years.

"We have a BIG rivalry and it'd mean a ton for us to beat them," said Brad Dunn, the Indians junior running back.

Saugatuck plays at Ford Field Saturday morning at 10 am.