By Tamas Mondovics
With a 6-0 victory the Bloomingdale Bulls defeated the Cougars and claimed the coveted trophy earning the program’s first ever district championship.
The district showdown brought together four great programs to compete at district, five of which in the last six-year span went to the East Bay Indians.
Number one seed Durant, followed by Bloomingdale, East Bay and Newsome all worked hard during the two-day district games, which at the end awarded the Bulls as new champions.
The three-game playoffs began with Durant against Newsome, while East Bay had another chance to overcome Bloomingdale.
Having nothing to lose, the Wolves also came out strong and taking an early lead, and made the Cougars work for the win.
Befitting an experienced team, after a 13-0 deficit, Durant turned the game around and defeated Newsome 19-13, which lined up the 2014 district 13 championship game at Bloomingdale High School’s Charley Harris stadium with the two-top seed teams.
The game was followed by the battle between the Bulls and the Indians, which for the second time in two weeks proved to reveal the better team.
With a score of 25-6 East Bay lost the opportunity of reaching the championship game, giving Bloomingdale the chance to finally compete in the post season.
“We did not have a losing season,” Indians Coach Michael Cooper said, adding that the roller coaster season could have gone either way. “With 13 players, nine of whom were varsity rookies, along with six of them freshmen, I am proud of the effort my players put forth.”
Facing off the district newcomer with confidence, the Bulls took the six-point lead early, which they held onto for the rest of the game.
“Being the district champions, we got our one goal for the season,” said Bulls Head Coach Michael Langford. “We knew that we could beat any teams on our schedule and we did.”
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