Football team falls in first-ever playoff game, records seven wins for first time ever

The Charger offense lines up for a play during its 40-13 loss to Peru-St. Bede.

The Charger offense lines up for a play during its 40-13 loss to Peru-St. Bede.

Isaiah Davis, Staff writer

The St. Joseph Chargers continued their historic season in their first ever playoff game on Oct. 29 against Peru-St. Bede. The Chargers entered the game with the No. 8 seed in the Class 2A IHSA playoffs.

Unfortunately for the Chargers, their historic season ended in this contest. The Chargers lost the game 40-13, not a game that they believed they played their best game. There were many in attendance to watch the Chargers play their first ever playoff game, as the loss dropped the Chargers to a 7-3 record, the best in school history by three games.

“This wasn’t how I or any of the team expected the season to end,” said senior Wide Receiver Rashad Brown. “We were hoping to make it to Champaign and play for that state championship at Illinois. It hurts to lose, but we left a great legacy.”

The game ended 40-13 against the Bruins of St. Bede Academy. Some people had the Chargers as an underdog, even though being the higher seed.

The two Charger scores came in the first half and they were then outscored 14-0 in the second half. Their scores came from a passing touchdown from Isaiah Davis to Donovan Lee and a rushing touchdown by Isaiah Davis.

The Bruins made their 16th IHSA state playoff appearance, while the Chargers made their first ever. The Chargers were looking to show everyone that they could do it and that this season wasn’t a fluke, but didn’t end the way they wanted it to.

There was a lot of buildup and anticipation for the game Saturday. There were alumni and old football players that came to watch the game. They enjoyed the game and were happy that the Chargers represented the school well and made them proud.

“It was great to watch them accomplish what they did this season, and making the playoffs,” said former Charger Player Elijah Davis, class of 2014. “It was exciting to watch them play in a game no one in St. Joseph history were even close to playing. They made me proud to be a Charger Alumni and I will never forget that moment.”

The season comes to a close, but the Chargers are looking at the positives than the negatives. They are looking at the great record of 7-2 and make the IHSA playoffs. The 2016 Charger Football team will go down in history as one of the best teams in the school history.