Saturday, 11/20/21 - 1:00 PM
Jenision High School
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St. Joseph Bears
All Time Series
1st meeting
Last Game:
1st meeting
DeWitt Panthers

Andrew Pratley
3rd season

Head Coaches

Rob Zimmerman
23rd season

( - St. Joe faces a recent foe with Ford Field in sight

Expanded game notes (pdf)

It’s rare when it happens, but tonight’s semifinal does have some recent history in the regular season.  St. Joseph and DeWitt have met twice in the last four seasons.  The 2018 matchup came at Dickinson Stadium in St. Joe, and 2019 taking place at Memorial Stadium in DeWitt.  The Panthers won both matchups 38-10 and 30-14. 

The St. Joe defense held Parma Western to just 17 total yards in the first quarter, while the St. Joe offense put up 101 yards all on the ground and scored 3 touchdowns, jumping out to a 21-0 lead and the Bears cruised to a 49-13 win over Western in the Regional Finals last week.   Joron Brown and Trey McGinnis each rushed for 3 touchdowns, and quarterback Matt Lanier threw just one pass, a 16 touchdown to Riley Biggins.  Brown had 94 yards on the ground and McGinnis at 92.  Lanier himself ran for 74 yards. Malik Immoos led the Bears on defense with 6 tackles, 1 for loss and a 16 yard interception, which set up the 2nd Bears touchdown. 

DeWitt is back in the state semifinals for the fourth straight year after DeWitt beat Cedar Springs 42-14 at Grand Ledge High School last Saturday.  Nick Flegler recorded 3 touchdowns for DeWitt, 2 of them on the ground and a third through the air.   DeWitt coach Rob Zimmerman is now 233-46 in his 23 seasons at the helm.

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 23rd 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.