Belvidere football comes through in last game of year


Kicker Kaden Finnestad on a kickoff at Funderburg Stadium. Photo by Visual Image Productions

Maison Mulcahy, Staff Writer

The Belvidere Bucs football team wrapped up its season on Oct. 22 with a hard-fought 32-29  win at home against the Guilford Vikings.

The Bucs controlled most of the game. Although both teams scored seven points in the first quarter, the Bucs dominated the second quarter scoring 17 points and shutting out the Vikings.

Guilford made it close again in the third quarter, outscoring Belvidere 15-0. To secure the win though, the Bucs pulled through in the very last quarter with 8 more points to prevail over the Guilford Vikings 32-29.

Outstanding performances came from senior running back Mikey Loeding, with 74 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Senior Kaden Finnestad also had a great night, as he made all of his PATs, scored a rushing touchdown, and set the new school field-goal record as he scored three points from 40 yards. 

“We got a lot better throughout the season,” said head coach Tony Ambrogio. “We had a team full of guys with great effort, work ethic, and a love for the game. The team is looking to turn the football program around.”

With the win, the Bucs finished with a 2-7 record. Both wins came at home.

“Personally, I feel good with how I did this season,” said senior lineman Aaron Wolman. “It was also great to see the team grow throughout the season to a point where we could win our last game of the year.”

While the season ended on a high note, Belvidere football will be saying goodbye to its 12 seniors: Juston Dennis, Mikey Loeding, Chris Boose, Fabian Urbieta, Christian Escamilla, Warren Taylor, Kaden Finnestad, Kaven Inman, Patrick Rucker, Isidro Barrios, Aaron Wolman, and Toby Morrison.