For the first time ever, two state-of-the-art football programs will play the field on Friday.
No. 3 Udge County Unity Christian will sit for the Division 4 state championship at Ford Field with no. 4. Chelsea will start against No. 3 Hudsonville on the division 4 state championship in a matchup of undefeated teams.
While Unity Christian returns to state championship game for the first time since 2018, since its D5 triumph in 2018, the first time that Chelsea returned to the state title game was since 2018. The Unity Christian is making its first trip back to the state championship game.
The Bulldogs haven't won a state championship since 1972, with losses in 2018 and 2015, but won second opportunity following Saturday's victory against Freeland 30-27 on Saturday.
Chelsea has only lost two matches in the last three years, both of which took place in the state semifinals for the D3 state semifinal to River Rouge in 2019 and 2020.
The Bulldogs were 491-168 winless averages and are 32 points behind school's new school record, while the opponents are now 44 points a game.
Hudsonville Unity football against Edwardsburg football.
While Chelsea's offense was strong this season, Unity Christians was a historic one.
That's what the Crusaders scored 751 points this year. It's only 24 points from breaking the state record - with eight points scored in a season set by Orchard View in 1999 (774).
Unity Christian has been dominant this season for its 13 matches with an average of 45 points per game, including 58-8 defeat by No. 2 Edwardsburg in the second semifinal on Saturday.
Unity Christian appeared on its way back to the state finals last season, but saw its season finish in the final due to COVID-19 concerns in the district.
The Crusaders are going to take on their second state championship trip to the tournament in 2019 and have not lost a game on the field since the D4 state semifinals in 2019 (20 straight wins).