Friday, 11/4/22 - 7:00 PM
Steve Upton Field at Dickinson Stadium
Radio (SJ): News/Talk/Sports 94.9 WSJM
Web (SJ): St. Joseph Bears Sports Network
Video stream: NFHS Network

Radio (ZW): WHTC 1450AM/99.7 FM
Web (ZW):

St. Joseph Bears
9-1, 7-0 SMAC
All Time Series
East Grand Rapids leads 2-0
Last Game:
2021 - SJ 29, ZW 26 @ ZW (pre-districts)
Zeeland West Dux
9-1, 5-1 OK-Green

Andrew Pratley
4th season, 29-12

Head Coaches

John Shillito
18th season, 162-60

( - Bears and Dux round 3.... in round 2

The third meeting between St. Joseph and Zeeland West will be the first meeting with a trophy at stake.  The Bears and Dux have met twice previously in the first round.  With West winning 40-26 in an opening round game in the 2018 playoffs at Zeeland Stadium.  The Bears then won the first-round matchup 29-26 in the opening round a year ago, also at Zeeland Stadium.  Tonight’s game will be for the District Championship and will be the first time the two teams will meet at Dickinson Stadium.  So far, the Bears and Dux have one common opponent, Lakeshore.  Zeeland defeated the Lancers in the opening week of the season 66-15 in Stevensville.   St. Joseph also won at Lakeshore 42-14.

Thirteen years after the Bears last meeting with East Grand Rapids, St. Joseph finally got a little payback against the Pioneers.  The Bears scored 21 points in each the first and second quarter and went on for a 49-10 rout of EGR in the opening round of the playoffs at Dickinson Stadium a week ago.  Joron Brown ran for a pair of touchdowns, he also caught one, and threw for one. Hunter Lange and quarterback Matt Lanier also had rushing touchdowns and Lanier also threw for one.   On defense Brown was just as key as he was on offense, making an interception, and also forcing and recovering a fumble from an East Grand Rapids player by pulling the ball out of his hands. 

Zeeland West advanced to tonight’s District finals with a 36-28 over Lowell.  The Dux had a 28-14 lead in the seconds half only to see Lowell chip away and tie the game with 9:50 left in the fourth quarter.  West regained the lead on the ensuing drive on a 39 touchdown run from Skylar Geirink.  Then the Zeeland West defense bent a few times but did not break.  Lowell converted several 4th downs but finally stalled inside the red zone and Zeeland West took over on downs and ran out the final two minutes for the victory.  Geurink had 19 carries for 161 yards.

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.