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Bison Suffer First Loss of Season

(Bridgman, MI) - The New Buffalo High School football team suffered its first loss of the season Friday night against Bridgman.  Two quick touchdowns by the Bees (3-1) were the decisive points in the 34-20 loss at Bridgman.


The Bison (3-1) fought back when quarterback Michael Bombin scored on a 75 yard touchdown run to make the score 14-6 with just over seven minutes to play in the first quarter.  Bridgman, though, came right back with a 78 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Reid Haskins, whose arm and elusive running caused problems for the Bison defense throughout the game.


New Buffalo scored again with five minutes left in the second quarter when running back Ben Coffeen after a 17 yard gain scored on a 7 yard touchdown run.


Haskins struck again for Bridgman with a 4 yard touchdown run before halftime after a 24 yard pass completion.


The Bees put the game out of reach with just over two minutes left in the third quarter on a 75 yard touchdown pass from Haskins to a wide open receiver.


The final score from the Bison came mid-way through the 4th quarter when Anthony Lijewski ran the ball 11 yards into the end zone following a 15 yard pass completion to Stephen Margaritis.


Head Coach Matt Johnson said the outcome of the game could have been different with better execution by his players on offense and defense.  “I felt our game plan going in was pretty solid. We just didn’t execute it.  I’d like to think if we had another crack at these guys and we would execute a little better then the game might have a different outcome,” he said.


The Bison play again Friday at home at 6 p.m. against Vandercook Lake High School from Jackson, Michigan.


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