Self-Less Leads to State Championship

On behalf of the SportsLeader family I'd like to congratulate Coach Bob Buckel and the Flint Michigan Powers Catholic football team for their State Championship win over the weekend.

Powers Catholic completed one of the greatest comebacks in Michigan football history when it defeated top-ranked and unbeaten Catholic Central (Lansing, Mich.), 56-26, on Saturday to win the Division 5 state championship.

One year ago, Powers Catholic posted a 1-8 record. It looked like more of the same was in store at Powers after a 2-4 start. The Chargers could've imploded, resigned to the fate of another losing season.
 
Coach Bob Buckel said, "Our kids were very discouraged at that point. They were kind of slipping into the feeling sorry for oneself mode but I reminded them that we have so much to be thankful for, especially our parents. At Powers we have a team dinner every week and pretty much every parent shows up. I've coached at other schools over the years and that never happens."
 
Coach continued, "We decided that the next virtue we would focus on the following week would be SELF-LESS. And to put that into practice we had our players write their letters to their Moms. I have to say I sincerely believe that had a lot to do with how our team came together at that point. They truly did live that virtue of being SELF-LESS that week and it stayed with them the rest of the season."
 
This fall the Chargers were outscored, 92-31, in their first two games and were 2-4 at one time. However, they never lost another game and greatly avenged an early 37-17 loss to Lansing Catholic Central back on Sept. 2nd.
 
This is the only team in Michigan state history to start a season 2-4 on the field and make a state final. Farmington Hills Harrison forfeited two blowout victories as part of a 2-4 start in 1999 before winning the Division 3 title.

Only two other teams went from 1-8 one season to a state championship game the next.

 
Junior quarterback Garrett Pougnet sparked the huge upset by completing 12-of-15 passes for 258 yards and four touchdowns - with no interceptions. He also ran 14 times for 155 yards and two touchdowns. The Chargers showed power by scoring on eight consecutive drives and tied the championship-game record of 56 points.