Friday, 10/20/17 - 7:00 PM
McCamley Field
Portage, MI
Radio (SJ): 95.7 & 1400 WSJM Sports
Radio (PC): None

St. Joseph Bears
6-2 (2-1 SMAC West)
All Time Series
St. Joe leads 30-27
Last Game:
2016 - PC 24, SJ 14 (at St. Joe)
Gull Lake Blue Devils
3-4 (2-2 SMAC East)

Gandalf Church
7th season
2-4 vs. Portage Central

Head Coaches
Mick Enders
8th season
4-3 vs. St. Joseph

( - St. Joe make one final trip to McCamley Field to face an old Big 8 foe

View the extended game notes (.pdf)

For the 28th and final time, two former Big 8 Conference will meet up at McCamley Field.  It’s only fitting that two of the most successful programs from the old Big 8 meet to close down Portage Central’s legendary facility.  The Bears and Mustangs have been meeting since 1956 and St. Joe has a 30-27 advantage in the series, with Central winning last year 24-14 at Dickinson Stadium in St. Joe. 

St. Joe clinched a third consecutive playoff berth with a hard fought 28-16 win over Gull Lake at Dickinson Stadium.  St. Joe quarterback Ryan Barlow had two touchdown passes and ran for another, his two TD throws were a 62-yard pass to Devon Frenchko and a 54 yard strike to Derek Holowasko.  Barlow’s 12-yard run with 2:11 left in the game put the game out of reach for Gull Lake.   Ryan Haynes ran for 99 yards and a touchdown run of 45 yards.  He surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the season in the first quarter.  Gull Lake’s first and final drive of the game were ended by Interceptions.  St. Joe is now 6-0 all-time against Gull Lake

Portage Central’s final home game at McCamley Field comes off a 24-14 come from behind win at Kalamazoo Central last Friday night.   KC went up 7-0 in the first quarter before a bad pun gave the Mustangs their first points.  Just over 3 minutes later Portage Central had a 10-7 lead on a 21 yard touchdown run from Ben Cunningham.  Eli Potts scored on a 27 yard touchdown run in the third quarter and Mustangs QB Carson Hodge threw for a 42 yard touchdown pass later in the third quarter.  A final touchdown from Kalamazoo Central with 11 seconds left in the third quarter pulled the Giants to 24-14.  The game ended after a scoreless fourth quarter.  Portage Central improves to 7-1.

Midwest Family Radio Sports is once again the home of St. Joseph Bears football, with 95.7 & 1400 WSJM Sports, serving as the flagship for St. Joe football in their 20th straight season. Midwest Family Radio Sports provides weekly coverage of St. Joseph, Lakeshore, Benton Harbor, and South Haven football contests. Now in their 27th season, Phil McDonald (Play-By-Play) and Bret Witkowski (Color) will be calling the game. The broadcast is also available worldwide at You can also get the live stats online at The newspaper recap will be in the Herald Palladium and at