THE LOCAL OBSERVER WE BRING YOU THE NEWS SERVING Presorted Standard U.S. Postage Paid Saugatuck MI Permit No. 30 CURRENT RESIDENT December 15, 2017 Vol. 15 No. 50 FREE SAUGATUCK * DOUGLAS * SAUGATUCK TOWNSHIP * LAKETOWN TOWNSHIP * FENNVILLE * GLENN * GANGES TOWNSHIP * HAMILTON * HOLLAND * SOUTH HAVEN SHS Football Team Receives Praise & Congratulations For A Terrific Season Efrain Sandoval Correspondent Saugatuck city officials honored the Saugatuck High School Indians football team during Monday’s meeting, presenting Head Coach Bill Dunn with a Mayor’s Proclamation. “We had a great ride during the playoffs—we played some excit-ing, outstanding football games. To be able to play at Ford Field, it is very hard to put into words,” Dunn told The Local Observer Newspapers after the proclamation. This season marked the sec-ond time Dunn and the Indians were state-runner-ups; Saugatuck was state runner-up in Division 8 in 2010. “I give credit to all the kids and credit the coaches. It was defi-nitely a team effort and everyone working together throughout the year,” said Dunn. The Indians finished 6-3 in the regular season, securing the mini-mum of six wins to make it to the playoffs. In the playoffs, the Indians played spectacular football to earn four consecutive victories before advancing to the 2017 MHSA, Division 7 State Football Championship game at Ford Field in Detroit. The Indians gave their best on the field, but were not able to defeat the defending Division 7 state champs Pewamo-Westphalia Pirates. The reigning champs deci-sively beat Saugatuck 21-0. However, the experience and the season as a whole was nothing short of a big success for coaches and team, having achieved a 10-4 overall season, said Dunn. He said the team learned a lot following their big 40-7 loss, or “hiccup,” against rival Fennville Blackhawks back on Oct. 20. Dunn highlighted the key leadership roles of his four team cap-tains: linebacker Reece Schreckengust, quarterback Jackson Shriver, and twin brothers Keegan and Connor Carper, both playing as running backs as well as defensive positions. “Each one of these players (the Carpers, Schreckengust and Shriver) were three-year varsity play-ers and team captains. They provided excellent leadership, always positive and motivated their teammates to technically improve,” said Dunn. Saugatuck Mayor Ken Trester presented Dunn and the team with the proclamation Monday night. “These student leaders of the Saugatuck Indian football team have exhibited a work ethic and level of confidence that transcends the football team,” states the proclama-tion, in part. Great job, Indians!