West Bloomfield High senior wide receiver and Michigan State commit Tre Mosley attempts to break away from a group of Birmingham Groves tacklers in a game earlier this season. At press time, the Lakers were 4-1 overall and 3-1 in the OAA Red.

West Bloomfield High senior wide receiver and Michigan State commit Tre Mosley attempts to break away from a group of Birmingham Groves tacklers in a game earlier this season. At press time, the Lakers were 4-1 overall and 3-1 in the OAA Red.

Photo by Donna Agusti


West Bloomfield High plays with state title in the mind

By: Zachary Manning | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published September 28, 2018

 Junior quarterback CJ Harris drops back to pass against Groves.

Junior quarterback CJ Harris drops back to pass against Groves.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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WEST BLOOMFIELD — The end of the 2017 season left the West Bloomfield High football team with a bad taste in its mouth. 

The Lakers lost to Clarkston High in the Division 1 state championship 3-2. West Bloomfield finished the season at 11-3 overall. 

However, with an offseason to recover and learn from such a tough loss, the Lakers have one goal in mind: returning to Ford Field and bringing home a state championship trophy. 

“The big picture, just win,” senior wide receiver and Michigan State commit Tre Mosley said. “We came up short last year against Clarkston in the championship … so our main goal is to get back to Ford Field and finish what we couldn’t last year.” 

At press time, the Lakers were 4-1 overall and 3-1 in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division. They lost 31 seniors from a season ago, and coach Ron Bellamy admitted that it took his team a little bit of time to jell together, but they are now settling in and finding a groove. 

The captains have played a huge role in helping the team find that groove. Mosley, senior linebacker and Penn State commit Lance Dixon, junior quarterback CJ Harris, and junior linebacker and University of Michigan commit Cornell Wheeler have all stepped up as leaders, and Bellamy credits them for being coaches on the field. 

“I think we have really good leadership. We have some really good football players. We have kids who love the game of football. This is a tight group. This is a tight team,” Bellamy said. 

Heading into the final weeks of the regular season, the team knows what to expect and believes the OAA Red has prepared it for anyone it may face in the playoffs. Bellamy knows that he has a talented group, but he doesn’t want his team to get complacent.

 He wants the team to remain focused on one week and one game at a time, despite the overall goal of winning a state championship. 

“A lot of times people can look at it and say, ‘OK, you’re supposed to win. You have Lance (Dixon) who’s going to Penn State, Tre’s going to Michigan State, and you got all these Division I players on your team.’ That’s great, but that doesn’t make you a good football team. It’s just a bunch of good football players,” Bellamy said. “Our job as coaches is to blend the talent with the technique, the effort, the dedication, and now you have yourself a really good football team.” 

The Lakers’ next game is at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at home against Southfield A&T.

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