SENIOR SALUTE

PLAYOFFS: Senior linebacker Brady Sheldon (16) wraps up a Northwest Missouri State player during Saturday's game. (Courtesy photo/Kevin McDermott)

PLAYOFFS: Senior linebacker Brady Sheldon (16) wraps up a Northwest Missouri State player during Saturday’s game. (Courtesy photo/Kevin McDermott)

FSU coach Tony Annese thanks program-changing senior class following playoff exit

BIG RAPIDS — The Ferris State Bulldogs saw their storybook season end at the hands of Northwest Missouri State Saturday in a 35-20 loss at Bearcat Stadium (Maryville, Mo).

Senior Trevor Bermingham completed 11-of-22 passes for 164 yards and a rushing score for the Bulldogs while junior quarterback Reggie Bell carried the ball 13 times for 61 yards.

The Bulldogs finish the season with a program-best 12 wins (12-3) and reached the Division II semifinal round for the second time in program history.

Northwest Missouri State is one of the most storied programs in Division II football history. The Bearcats are now riding a 29 game win streak and are seeking their third national championship in four seasons.

The Bearcats also rank first in all-time playoff wins with 46 and will face North Alabama in the Division II National Championship Game this weekend.

The Bulldogs graduate 20 seniors, including seven All-GLIAC seniors in defensive tackle Cory Arnouts, linebackers Anthony Darkangelo and Nick Huckabay, quarterback Trevor Bermingham, offensive tackle Bryan Bell, wide receiver Shakur Sanders and defensive back David Churchwell.

While the Bulldogs lose lose key cogs to graduation, the cupboard isn’t bare. Ferris returns nine All-GLIAC players, including offensive lineman Devon Johnson, Harlon Hill Trophy nominee Reggie Bell and All-American Zach Sieler.

Ferris head coach Tony Annese released the following statement online regarding the 2016 football season:

“It’s hard to find the exact words of how I feel now that our season has come to an end. However, I do want to thank a group of seniors who led this team to the National Semifinals after starting 4-2. A group of seniors who five years ago took a chance on a new staff at Ferris State. That new staff was only selling hopes and dreams that one day Bulldog football could be where it is now. A group of seniors, some of which played as true freshmen and were only here four years, or some who transferred in, who all bought into the Bulldog family. A group of seniors who were integral pieces in 49 wins, three playoff appearances, two GLIAC championships, two undefeated regular seasons and one National Semifinal. Bulldog Nation couldn’t be more proud of you.”

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL

Manistee Catholic Central 44, CCA 33
MANISTEE — Haley Jankowski tallied 15 points and 12 rebounds for CCA (2-2) in a road loss to Manistee Catholic Central. Soraya Angell added 13 points for the Cougars, who host Bear Lake Friday at home.

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