An upset occurred in Southwest Michigan on Friday night when the Zeeland West Dux got revenge on the St. Joseph Bears, winning their District Final matchup by a score of 36-18.

The Dux rushed for 359 total yards, which was more yards than the Bears had total. Somewhat surprisingly, Rolando Robelin was the story of the night for Zeeland West, carrying the ball 23 times for 197 yards and three total scores.

Zeeland West scored on its opening drive when Parker Holman found the end zone on a 35-yard touchdown run. The Dux would fail to convert the two-point try and led 6-0.

The second quarter was more of a back-and-forth affair. The Bears got on the board with a touchdown by Matthew Lanier that put the Bears in front. On the ensuing drive, the Dux went back on top with a Robelin 39-yard touchdown reception from Trevor Wallar. Then, on the Dux next possession, Waller found Carter Hughes for a 19-yard score to put the Dux up 20-7.

The Bears would make one final push for victory. They would score on back-to-back possessions that wrapped around the half to cut the Dux lead to 20-18. With all the momentum seemingly swinging towards the Bears, the Dux would need to make one final statement in order to close the game out. So, they turned to Rolando Robelin.

The junior running back, who battled injury late in the year, scored two touchdowns in the second half to put the game out of reach. Helped by this performance, the Dux conquered their demons from their loss to the Bears a year ago to move on in the postseason.

Holman added 86 yards and a score on the ground. Skyler Geurink rushed for 80 yards and converted three two-point conversions.

Zeeland West advances to the regional finals, where they have a date with the Muskegon Big Reds, who will almost certainly be looking for revenge after their loss to the Dux earlier this season. The Bears’ fantastic season comes to an end, and they will try and pick up the pieces and recover for next year.