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Bison Prove They're For Real

(New Buffalo, MI) - The young New Buffalo High School football team showed they’re for real with a comeback victory at home against a high powered senior laden squad.


The Bison after a pair of blowout victories to start the season defeated Wyoming Tri-Unity Christian School 28 to 26.


Head Coach Matt Johnson said his players showed just how far they’ve come from last year when they lost to the same team 60-0 and finished the season with just one victory.


“They passed the test,” he said.


The Bison down 12-0 in the first quarter went into halftime with a 14-12 lead.


A 35 yard run by quarterback Michael Bombin who three plays later completed a 1-yard pass to Stephen Margaritis in the end zone started the scoring for New Buffalo.


The Bison struck again when Brenden Tanksley following a 30 yard run by Ben Coffeen scored off a short pass from the 12 yard line.


Wyoming Tri-Unity Christian School on their next series of downs completed a 67 yard pass to the three yard line of the Bison.


Anthony Lijewski intercepted the next pass in the end zone to keep the opposition from scoring again before halftime.


After both teams exchanged leads in the third quarter, the Bison found themselves behind again on a kickoff returned for a touchdown.


The Bison still trailing mid-way through the 4th quarter lined up to punt on fourth down with 18 yards to go for a first down.


The snap went to Bombin instead of the punter.


Bombin ran for a 30 yard gain then a few plays later the Bison went ahead to stay on a  short touchdown run by Coffeen with three minutes left on the game clock.


Tri-Unity Christian was threatening to score again when stopped by Tanksley sacking the quarterback and Bombin intercepting a pass.


The Bison then ran out the clock.


Johnson said it would have been easy to give up after falling behind such a talented squad but his players showed what they’re made of by coming back.


“There’s a certain level of tenacity that this team has that makes them a special group of kids,” he said.


he Bison play again Friday at 7 p.m. at Bridgman.

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