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By Lee Thompson | email@example.com
on September 09, 2017 8:41 AM
The Victory Bell was tolling loudly and proudly.And it had a historic ring to it.
The John Glenn football players took turns striking the bell beyond the south end zone of John Loop Field, sending the sound of success into the night — as tradition dictates â after a 41-6 victory Friday over Saginaw Arthur Hill.
Things are new in Bobcat Country this season, but that doesnât mean everything is different.
A new chapter opened for John Glenn football with this win, the programâs first in Saginaw Valley League play. And the players saw it as their opportunity to contribute to the tradition they hold so dearly.
âWe liked the idea of being the team that won the first game in the big conference,â Glenn senior Robert Houghtaling said. âWe said âLetâs make some history tonight.ââ
Glennâs entry into the areaâs oldest and most powerful league has been debated for years. When it finally happened, it happened with plenty of hype and hoopla as few people were all for it.
But now that the Bobcats are in, theyâre all in.
They may be playing mostly larger and mostly stronger programs than they have in the past. But when the Bobcats play, they play to win â as tradition dictates.
âEverybody thinks weâre going to be at the bottom of the league, but we want to be on top,â Houghtaling said. âThis was the first big step for us.â
Glenn, indeed, sits at the top of the SVL Red Division standings with a perfect 1-0 record after its first league win of any kind since Oct. 1, 2010.
While the win came against an Arthur Hill program that currently stands at the bottom of the SVL food chain, it was a victory that Glenn can hold high â just as it has for the other 317 wins in the programâs 53-season history.
The days of dominating in the White Pine Conference and the North East Michigan Conference elevated the Glenn program to great heights and great acclaim. They made it clear from the start that the pride of the program hasnât changed just because theyâre now the underdogs.
âItâs exciting to be part of something new,â Glenn senior lineman John Hardy said. âThis just gives us another reason to compete harder every day.
âItâs extra motivation to show that weâre not here to get run over. We have goals that we want to achieve and itâs nice to know we started it off the right way.â
Glenn displayed a stellar running game Friday â as tradition dictates. Senior Noah DeShano ran for 77 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries while sophomore Greg Christe, making his running back debut, rolled up 102 yards and two scores.
Another sophomore, quarterback Jobe Long, was 11 of 20 passing for 112 yards. He ran for one touchdown and threw another to sophomore Rory OâHare.
The Bobcats were also stingy on defense â as tradition dictates. A dominating defensive front helped limit the Lumberjacks to just 39 yards rushing on 22 attempts, never allowing their first official SVL opponent to mount a threat.
âWe havenât changed our approach. If we take care of business week by week, weâll be OK,â said Glenn coach Jeremy Werner, who is charged with leading the program into this new era.
âWe have goals, and part of those goals is not just to compete but succeed.â
It looked like Glenn football, it felt like Glenn football and â at the end of the game â it sounded like Glenn football.
âEvery time we get to ring that bell, itâs a significant night,â Werner said. âWithout a doubt.â