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First win in 5 years is just the beginning of journey for Union

Red Hawks snapped a 45-game losing streak Friday
Posted at 7:11 PM, Oct 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-08 07:47:14-04
Union snaps losing streak, aims to keep winning

The Grand Rapids Union football team won it's first game in over five years last Friday beating Wyoming 59-57 at Houseman Field.

The win ended a 45-game losing streak that dated back to August of 2005, it was the longest in the state of Michigan.

"It felt really good because we have been working all summer trying to get a win," sophomore quarterback Tommy Stevens said. "And our first two games, they weren't very good for us but beating Wyoming felt really good."

New head coach Don Fellows has breathed new life into the Red Hawks program.

Union snaps streak, aims for more

Just two seasons ago, Union was getting very little fan support. Now that has changed, the team sold out it's allotment of tickets to last Friday's game.

"Our team was happy to look back and have a stand, cheering going," senior slot receiver, running back and safety Jamarion Pittman said. "When Wyoming tied the game back we were holding our heads down the fans were there to keep us pumping and it was good. It is real good to have fans. From not having fans to having fans, it's real good."

Now that the losing streak has ended, the coaches and players are looking forward to keeping the winning going.

"I try to win every game we play," Fellows said. "I think the kids feel that too, if you come in as a coach and say I hope we are competitive and I hope we win a game that would be great then I don't think you break the streak as quickly as we did. We are intense every week, we give scouting reports every week, we are expecting to win every week."

The Red Hawks (1-2) will be at Reeths-Puffer (1-2) this Friday night.