St. Ignace Looks to Continue Conference Unbeaten Streak
ST. IGNACE – Riding a six-season conference unbeaten streak, the St. Ignace football program joins a new league in 2016.
With three state semifinal appearances since 2011 to their credit, the Saints join the Northern Michigan Football League Legacy division, having won four consecutive Ski Valley Conference championships.
St. Ignace reached the Division 8 state semifinals last year for the first time since 2012, falling to eventual state champion Muskegon Catholic Central.
With a 20-man roster this fall, the Saints will look to extend their league unbeaten streak which dates back to Week 4 of the 2010 season.
"A lot of these kids that are back this year played on that team. They know what it takes to get that far and, you know, they’d like to get back there again,” coach Marty Spencer said. “It’s going to take a lot of hard work, as we have less guys. We’re not as deep at running back as we have been but, we are going to throw the ball probably a little bit more than we have actually. So, we do have some pretty good receivers, our tight ends are big and so, it’s going to be different but the same. At the same time, we’re going to do the things that we do well and we’ll do them a lot.”
The Saints have arguably one of the toughest schedules in the NMFL Legacy, with six opponents having reached the postseason in 2015.
St. Ignace will have a rematch at Muskegon Catholic Central on Sept. 1, in addition to contests against 2015 Division 7 state champion Ishpeming (Oct. 14) and Newberry (Oct. 21).
The Saints open their season at home against Inland Lakes on Friday.