After unbeaten season, Bulls football prevails in NCS


The football team wins the NCS pennant after a blowout victory against Stuart Hall. (Courtesy of Veronica Bosque)

By Lucas Metzger

After a strong regular season in which they went 10-0 and claimed the NCL IV league championship, the Branson varsity football team entered the NCS Division IV playoffs in hopes of continuing their winning streak. 

Having earned the No. 1 seed in NCS, the Bulls got a first-round bye, skipping the quarter-finals and playing their first game in the semifinals. They had a significant advantage having an extra week to rest and prepare for the playoffs.

On Nov. 20, Branson played their first playoff game against Calistoga High School, a school they had previously played in the regular season. This game between the two teams was a nail-biter, but Branson dominated, scoring 44 points in the first and third quarters combined and winning the match 68-37, securing a spot in the NCS championship.

Then, it was time for the Bulls to face off against Stuart Hall in the NCS championship. This game was also a rematch, as the two teams had faced off during the regular season. In that game, the Bulls had won by a good margin, winning the game 56-36. It was much of the same in the championship, with the Bulls’ stifling defense only allowing 17 points to the Knights, scoring 58 points and securing another dominant victory. 

The Bulls had a strong playoff run marked by outstanding offense and defense, outscoring their opponents 126-54 overall. Their victory in the NCS championship capped off another successful season. Now, Branson will set its sights on the upcoming winter sports season, riding high off a strong fall season. Be on the lookout for Branson’s girls basketball, boys basketball, girls soccer and boys soccer teams.