Friday, 9/24/21 - 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: NFHS Network

St. Joseph Bears
4-0 (4-0 SMAC)
All Time Series
St. Joseph leads 1-0
Last Game:
2020: SJ 34, Okemos 13 (@ Okemos)
0-4 (0-2 CAAC-Blue)

Andrew Pratley
3rd season

Head Coaches

Brad Lilly
1st season

( - Homecoming!!!!

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The Matchup for St. Joe’s Homecoming 2021 features the back end of a home and home series with Okemos out of the CAAC-Blue.  St. Joe won the matchup last season 34-13 at Okemos.  This is the Bears 4th overall meeting with a current member of the CAAC-Blue Division, with St. Joe falling to DeWitt in 2018 and 2019, but defeating Okemos last season.  Tonight is also the Bears 99th varsity game at Dickinson Stadium. With game number 100 to take place two weeks from tonight against Lakeshore.

The St. Joe defense played a starring role in each of the last two Bears victories, especially in last week’s 29-13 win at Kalamazoo Central.   The St. Joe D recorded 6 takeaways, with 5 interceptions and a fumble recovery.  Preston Nichols had three interceptions, Trey McGinnis had two, including a 57-yard pick six.  Andrew Barlow caused and recovered a fumble.  McGinnis and Barlow also had rushing touchdowns, while Joron Brown had another.  Hudson Lange had 9 tackles and a blocked extra point; Malik Immoos had 8 tackles including a sack.  In all the Bears defense had 4 sacks and 11 tackles for loss.

Okemos enters the game as well as the 2021 season in a rebuilding mode.  Okemos comes into the game on an 18 game losing streak, which includes last years 34-13 loss to the Bears last year.  Okemos had to replace their coach a month before the season started after former coach Mike Krumm was promoted within his job with the Michigan State Police.  Brad Lilly was named the coach for Okemos.  During the summer Okemos schools has also decided to drop their old Chiefs nickname and will go without one until a decision is made on a new moniker.

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.

Okemos at St. Joseph
Kalamazoo Central at Lakeshore
Mattawan at Portage Northern
Portage Central at Battle Creek Lakeview
Gull Lake at Battle Creek Central