Friday, 9/30/22 - 7:00 PM
Steve Upton Field at Dickinson Stadium
Radio (SJ): News/Talk/Sports 94.9 WSJM
Web (SJ): St. Joseph Bears Sports NetworkWeb (PN): Portage Northern Network
Video: NFHS Network

St. Joseph Bears
4-1, 3-0 SMAC
All Time Series
St. Joe leads 35-17 (.673)
Last Game:
2021 - SJ 21, PN 3 (at SJ)
Portage Central Mustangs
3-2, 2-1 SMAC

Andrew Pratley
4th season

Head Coaches

Kurt Twichell
2nd season

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St. Joe returns home to Dickinson Stadium to celebrate homecoming against Portage Northern.  The Huskies are on the road for a second straight week and are at St. Joe for a second straight season.  St. Joe defeated the Huskies 21-3 last season and have a 35-17 lead overall in the head to head series.   The Bears and Huskies have two common opponents, Kalamazoo Central and Battle Creek Lakeview.   St. Joe won at Kalamazoo Central 56-0 and beat Lakeview 35-14 in St. Joe.  Northern beat Kalamazoo Central 63-7, and won at Lakeview 49-41. 

Special teams made the difference a week ago in the Bears 13-12 win at Portage Central.  The Bears special teams kicked two field goals, blocked a PAT and made the winning PAT in the road win. Max Taylor made field goals of 33 and 39 yards.  Joron Brown had 138 yards rushing, with his 68 yard run on 4th and 1 tied the score before Taylor’s PAT put St. Joe ahead late in the third quarter.   Elijah Turner led the Bears on defense with 10 tackles including a sack. Brown sealed the victory with an interception with 1:37 left in the game.

Portage Northern played the role of spoiler as the Huskies put a damper on the debut of the new field at Battle Creek Lakeview with a 49-41 win over the Spartans. Lakeview amassed more than 500 yards, with running back Xavior Tyus having 129 of them and a pair of touchdowns.  Quarterback Cane Mack had 284 yards though the air and three touchdowns, while also running for two. Jayden Winter caught 5 passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns.

Midwest Family Radio Sports is once again the home of St. Joseph Bears football, with News/Talk/Sports 94.9 WSJM now serving as the flagship for St. Joe football in their 24th straight season. Midwest Family Radio Sports provides weekly coverage of St. Joseph and Lakeshore football contests. The broadcast is also available worldwide at In addition, St. Joseph fans can now also listen on the St. Joseph Bears Sports Network at The newspaper recap will be in the Herald Palladium and at Video of all home contests and select road games are available for a subscription at the NFHS Network.