I spoke with Union coach Cale Piland after tonight’s semifinal loss to Bellevue. And while he was clearly disappointed in the outcome, he had nothing but praise for his team’s efforts.
Here’s what he said:
“There’s no shame in what happened here tonight. We played a heck of a football game. Our defense was incredible. We stood toe-to-toe. We took their best shot and they took our best shot. What often times happens in a game of this magnitude, it’s a break here or there that really changes the game. But I’m really proud of our kids and their effort.”
Speaking a little more about that defense, Piland said, “If you would have told me we wouldn’t give up an offensive touchdown and we’d lose the football game, I’d have a hard time figuring out how that happened.
“Bellevue’s to be commended. Theiy’re a great football team, and anything you’re going to give them, they’re going to take advantage of.”
Bellevue’s only touchdown came on Brayden VanAckeren’s 97-yard kickoff return to start the second half. Race Sciabica hurt the Titans with four field goals, matching his season total.
The Titans lost last year’s title game to Bellevue, 35-6, and was determined to go all of the way this season.
Union quarterback Brandon Weller had this to say about the loss, “Obviously it’s disappointing. We didn’t accomplish our goals we set at the beginning of the season. They’re a good team, they’re a real good team and I wish them the best of luck.”
Mason will be back with some Bellevue quotes and the final stats.