Mac Red Champs

Aubree Owens, Editor-In-Chief

Making the playoffs a second year in a row, the Stevenson Titans football team defeated Grosse Pointe South to win the MAC Red Championship Oct. 23 and take the first playoff game against Farmington Falcons 41-15 Oct. 30th.

Teamwork and determination of the Titans brought them out of a tough drought of 10 years. With a district championship on their back, the pressure to stay on top is at an all-time high as the team continues their march in the state playoffs.

The team’s game plan was executed efficiently for victory. Thanks to the team’s capability of working together like a well-oiled machine, junior running back and middle linebacker Jordan Kwiatowski has been able to score touchdowns.

“I perform the way I do because of my O-lines’ great blocking and my QB’s ability to make plays, and on defense, my D-line and secondary doing their jobs,” Kwiatowski said. “They all set me up to make plays like that each week. Winning builds momentum and pushes us. It is only going to help us in the playoffs.”

Having pride in personal performance and teammate performance is the mentality that brought victory for the Titans. According to senior slotback and strong safety Tony Shumate, getting Stevenson back on the map has been a process, but winning the MAC Red and their first playoff game is another big step forward.

“Scoring the game-winning touchdown felt good,” Shumate said. “My man Justin Smith got an interception on a 5-star player. He made a big-time play on a big-time player I feel like we are going to go far in the playoffs. We already proved we are the best in the MAC Red.”

Even after winning their first playoff game, junior wide receiver and running back Jordan Ramsey believes the players need to stay humble and focused on the fact that there are more games coming and a playoff to win.

“It is all good that we won the MAC Red championship, but it is all over now,” Ramsey said.  “We are on our next game and looking for the dub. I didn’t play in this game, but I was there for my team hyping them up. I like that I can still do something for them off the field.”

Although the team has one major playoff win under their belt, many players said they will not be satisfied until the job is finished.

“I feel like we are the best every year, so nothing is new to me,” senior tackle and guard Giovanni El-Hadi and U-M recruit said. “I knew we had this in us. We are still not satisfied. The battle is not over until we reach the end goal, state champions.”

Looking ahead, the coaching staff concentrates on keeping the team prepared.

“It was an awesome feeling to win the championship,” head coach Ryan Reason said. “It was difficult with COVID-19. We had to do some things different, but our boys rose to the occasion and battled it out in a few close games. We got it done.”